Zarinsk showed great determination to make just about every run for the Tally Ho Stud Irish EBF Fillies Maiden at the Curragh.
There wasn’t much form to follow among the 13 runners, which meant a lot of guesswork was needed, but the fact that the two with previous experience, Finsceal Go Deo and Tanaiyla, were ultimately well beaten suggests that the first three, who cleared well, all look above average.
Ahead of the race, Michael O’Callaghan’s Olivia Maralda received a lot of attention as she cost 460,000 guineas and is owned by a partnership that includes Amo Racing and footballer Philippe Coutinho.
They were kicked out of the 2-1 favorite, with Aidan O’Brien’s Never Ending Story second in the market at 3-1, and it was this pair that unsuccessfully chased the 8-1 winner formed by Ger Lyons, running in the silks of Juddmonte.
The Kodiac filly took two lengths from her pursuers in the final furrow and gave a lot to Colin Keane, holding on to the favorite by a neck.
“She’s a lovely, honest filly, but she didn’t come in her coat. I’ve been very patient with my fillies and it’s great to start one here this weekend,” Lyons said. .
“There are so many improvements in her coat and everything, and she will be better on nicer ground.
“She had to do it the hard way, which I don’t like to do, but when Colin rides them he has free rein to do whatever he wants.
“What she learned from it, we won’t know because she had to do it all on her own, but she hit hard. I can see buckets of improvement because she’s still a work in progress.
“I won’t rush her, she’ll tell me. The only thing Colin said was that she rides weak, so we’ll take that into account.”