Intricately turned the formbook upside down as she landed the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh, which proved a landmark achievement for her trainer and jockey this afternoon
Seven fillies lined up for Ireland’s premier juvenile contest for fillies, with Aidan O’Brien responsible for four of the field.
Hydrangea broke well next to the rails from Intricately and Rhododendron.
Racing to the two furlong pole, the order remained the same, with the front two under pressure but nothing making much impression in behind.
Intricately went on in the final half a furlong, but Hydrangea fought back and the pair flashed past the post together in a close finish.
Rhododendron, who had beaten both at the same track recently, was a disappointing third, ahead of Rehana.
After a brief delay, Intricately was announced as the winner, giving Joseph O’Brien his maiden Group 1 victory as a trainer and his brother Donnacha a first victory at the highest level.
Intricately, a daughter of Fastnet Rock, was reversing form with several of these, having been beaten by the runner-up here and Rhododendron in August, and by Promise To Be True at Leopardstown in July.
The winning trainer said: “It’s unbelievable. She’s very tough. She’s been running well all year and Donnacha (brother) gave her an unbelievable ride today.”
He went on: “This means the world to me. It’s Donnacha’s first Group One and my mum bred her. She’s very tough and Donnacha was very strong on her.
“She’s in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket, and we’ll see how she comes out of this. She doesn’t have to run again this season.
“I can’t believe she was 25-1 as she was only a length behind the second-favourite (Rhododendron) the last day.
“You probably get a bigger kick out of training winners than riding them, as a lot more work goes into it.”