Discoveries produces late charge to take the Moyglare Stud Stakes

A fourth winner of the weekend for both Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Discoveries denied Agartha who had led for the majority of the trip

Dream team Shane Foley and Jessica Harrington extended a Longines Irish Champions Weekend to remember as Discoveries completed a searing late charge to win the Moyglare Stud Stakes, writes Jack Lacey-Hatton.

The two-year-old star gave the red-hot Harrington-Foley combination a fourth victory of the festival on Sunday after racking up a hat-trick at Leopardstown 24 hours earlier.

Joseph O’Brien’s Agartha appeared to be heading for a third win on the spin, only for Discoveries to make a daring dart up the inside within the final furlong.

And prolific trainer Harrington said:To win two Group Ones this weekend is just something else.

“She (Discoveries) is a lovely, lovely filly, who has done a lot of growing. She also has a lovely temperament.

"She is like her sister Alpha Centauri, who could also only go on quick ground.

“She was a bit green the first time she ran, then she won a maiden and we hoped she would win the Alpha Centauri Stakes, but that ground came up soft that day.

“It’s not my decision (to send her to the Breeders Cup) – it’s whatever the Niarchos family want to do. They are the owners so we’ll sit down and have a discussion about that.”

Agartha, who surged to a Group Two triumph in the Alpha Centauri Debutante Stakes in her previous outing, had finished behind the re-opposing Homeless Songs when they last clashed at Leopardstown.

But this time she refused to play second fiddle and led, very nearly, from start to finish running a superb race over 7f, only to be narrowly pipped in the closing stages.

Homeless Songs actually went off as a marginal favourite, after swapping throughout the day with main rival Agartha.

But the Frankel filly was never really in the running this time around, failing to truly get into top gear as Discoveries propelled Foley and Harrington to yet more glory on Champions Weekend.

She is like her sister, Alpha Centauri - Jessica Harrington

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