Jessica Harrington’s No Speak Alexander made a successful seasonal reappearance in Group 3 Coolmore Stud Circus Maximus Irish EBF Athasi Stakes at Curragh.
The filly was a winner at the age of two and competed in a handful of black type competitions before ending her season with fourth place in the Group Three Weld Park Stakes.
Back on the same track for her first round of the new campaign, the three-year-old was this time a winner by a length and a half, beating her stable partner Zaffy’s Pride at 4-1.
Jockey Shane Foley believes filly Shalaa could now be a candidate for Tattersalls’ 1000 Irish Guineas at the Curragh on May 23.
He said, “She was good, she worked like that and I couldn’t wait to ride her.
“She’s a filly who I think could have run well in the French Guineas, but we didn’t have her in it.
“She’s probably entitled to come back for the Irish Guineas now after that. She likes that little juice in the ground.”
Champers Elysees, winner of last year’s Matron Stakes, was sent off from the 2-1 favorite, but could only finish fourth under her group one penalty.