Dank: became first British-trained winner of Kilboy Estate StakesPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Dank does the business on rare raid for Stoute
Report, Curragh, Sunday
Kilboy Estate Stakes (Group 2) 1m1f, 3yo+ fillies and mares
DANK became the first British-trained winner of the Curragh's Sunday feature race as a surprisingly rare trip across the Irish Sea reaped dividends for a runner from Sir Michael Stoute's yard.
It was September 2011 when Stoute last had a runner in Ireland and Dank was only his eighth in total in the last five years, but the trip proved worthwhile as she won by a length and three-quarters having been sent off the well-backed 5-4 favourite.
This was a first win at Group 2 level for Dank but one that was richly deserved after she was beaten just three-quarters of a length when third in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot last time.
Stoute is renowned throughout the racing world for taking his time with horses in his care, this was just the ninth start the four-year-old had had, and Ryan Moore in the saddle took his time in taking up the running.
Although the winner raced in a prominent position throughout the 1m1f contest, Moore waited until over a furlong from home before making his move. When he did though it proved to be a decisive one as his mount moved past Aloof with little fuss.
Say finished well under Joseph O'Brien but never looked like getting to Dank. Caponata just got third.
Coral Pritchard-Gordon, representing Stoute, said: "I have just spoken to Michael on the phone and he is absolutely delighted.
"Ryan thought she was very good today once she picked up. She is still improving and she loved the ground."
Dank could be on her travels again soon with owner James Wigan adding that the Grade 1 Beverley D Stakes at Arlington next month is now under consideration.