Ervedya comes sweeping past Irish Rookie (far) at LongchampPICTURE: ScoopDyga.com
Irish Rookie in second but Ervedya takes victory
Report: France, Sunday
Longchamp: Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Group 1) 3yo fillies, 1m
MARTYN MEADE came within a few yards of securing the biggest success of his career as Irish Rookie finished a close-up second to Ervedya.
The Newmarket 1,000 Guineas sixth ran out of her skin in the French equivalent and led up much of the straight before the late charge of favourite Ervedya nicked the glory in the final furlong.
For a short period it looked as if Irish Rookie, ridden by Fergus Sweeney, might be uncatchable. She raced prominently on the rail and moved to the front after the turn for home, quickly asserting herself as leader.
However, the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Ervedya, twice Group 1-placed as a juvenile, was flying home from deep under Christophe Soumillon and picked up the British-trained outsider with relative ease.
Mexican Gold also came with a fast late run but could not overhaul Irish Rookie and had to settle for third.
Rouget said: "She has Group 1 acceleration, is easy to train and easy to ride. She didn't get away all that well but that wasn't too serious and Christophe had her nicely hidden away. I think she is a 1,600 metre filly and the Coronation Stakes is a strong possibility."
Meade was delighted with the performance of Irish Rookie and said: "I am thrilled to bits and it's such a shame she had to go so early because she is such a battler. When they came past her, a lot of three-year-old fillies would have curled up but she just said: 'right let's go again.' If someone had taken her on earlier it might have been a different matter but she has still run a great race.
"She is still a little bit inexperienced as it's only her fourth race and it was her first time away from Newmarket and around a bend so but she loved that bit of cut in the ground and she has run a cracker."