Birthday Girl Tuesday Gains Record Breaking Classic Success
Tuesday (3f Galileo - Lillie Langtry, by Danehill Dancer) provided Aidan O’Brien with a record-breaking 41st British Classic success when prevailing in a thrilling finish to the Group 1 Epsom Oaks on Friday.
Held up at the back of the field by Ryan Moore, the daughter of Galileo was shaken up approaching the three furlong marker and quickened to lead two furlongs from home. Running on strongly under pressure, she dug deep as Emily Upjohn delivered a late challenge close home and prevailed by a short head on the line, with another three and a quarter lengths back to the third.
O’Brien was full of praise for the winner, who celebrated her third birthday the very same day. “She's still a baby and was running in Classics before she was three,” he said. “It goes to show what kind of a filly she is and she's maturing all the time. She's very special and has an unbelievable pedigree.”
Moore echoed O’Brien’s hopes that Tuesday is open to further improvement. “She’s only just three and I think there's more to come.” Reflecting on the master trainer, he added, “Aidan peaked her again so soon after the Irish Guineas and only he could do that. He did the same with Minding, who got beaten in the Irish Guineas then came here and won.”
Tuesday has achieved remarkable progression already this year, following just one start as a two-year-old, when she was narrowly beaten. She went one better on her three-year-old return, before finishing third in the Group 1 1,000 Guineas and claimed runners-up honours in the Irish equivalent.
The Coolmore homrebred becomes the third Classic heroine produced by Lillie Langtry, each of them by the great Galileo, which makes their two-year-old full-sister Delightful (Galileo) all the more exciting.