Marble 1-2-3 for O’Brien

Fairyland led home a one-two-three for Aidan O’Brien in the Cold Move Irish EBF Marble Hill Stakes as the Ballydoyle trainer picked up the Listed prize for an 11th time at the Curragh.

The daughter of Kodiac cost 925,000 guineas at Tattersalls Sales and that looked a bargain after she followed up her Naas debut victory in impressive fashion.

Michael O’Callaghan’s Recon Mission and O’Brien’s Land Force made the running, but Fairyland (4-1) was never far away and stretched out eyecatchingly for Seamie Heffernan.

She went on to score by two and a quarter lengths from her stablemate Van Beethoven, who was sent off the 4-6 favourite but never posed a real threat. Land Force was just a neck away to complete the O’Brien clean sweep.

O’Brien said: “She looks very nice. She won very nicely in Naas and Ryan (Moore) loved her when he rode her. Wayne (Lordan) rides her at home all the time and he’s always loved her.

“She’s relaxed. First time was five and we stepped her up to six today to have a little bit of a feel and give her a little bit of experience. She was very comfortable at it, looking at her, and Seamus was really happy with her.

“She travelled well and Seamus said she’s a very kind, very unassuming type of filly, and she cruised the whole way. He felt she would even stay further.

“She has a great pedigree and Mrs Stockwell always loved her, she loved her at the sales. She’s an exciting filly.”

He added: “She’s a filly for either the Queen Mary or the Albany, we have a choice now.”

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