SHALE had a brilliant first campaign culminating in a victory over Pretty Gorgeous in the Group 1 Moyglare at the Curragh. She was nowhere near her best behind that runner-up in the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket and is easily the highest rated of these. The latter's yard have three entries with impressive Dundalk Listed winner My Generation possibly the best of them. Aidan O'Brien is also triple-handed with Joan Of Arc looking potentially smart when landing a Curragh maiden last month though that may not have been a strong event and Ryan Moore is on board Shale, who is in the same ownership. Zaffy's Pride couldn't quite handle Poetic Flare, who runs in the previous race, in a Group 3 here in October after completing a Dundalk double
Shale (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders centre, ridden and every chance 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 7 3/4l behind Pretty Gorgeous (9-0) at Newmarket 1m Grp 1 fll (1) sft in Oct.
Allagar (IRE) 22-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 5 1/4l behind Colfer Kay (8-6) at Naas 6f hcp hvy in Nov.
Amber Kite (IRE) 11-4fav (9-1) Disputed lead briefly early, waited with and soon towards rear in 7th, pushed along on outer into straight, soon effort, led under 1f out, asserted and stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Leopardstown 7f hcp fll Soft - Heavy in Oct beating Moonhall Girl (8-11) by 3 1/4l, 9 ran.
Empress Josephine (IRE) 3-1 (9-2) In touch, 5th halfway, progress between horses over 1f out, improved to lead final 150 yards, driven out, won at Naas 1m mdn fll sft in Mar beating New York Angel (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 19 ran.
Hazel (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Soon close up on inner, 3rd halfway, travelled well over 1f out, closed under 1f out, disputed and ridden final 50 yards, kept on, just, won at Dundalk 7f mdn fll pol in Nov beating Joan Of Arc (9-2) by ns, 13 ran.
Joan Of Arc (IRE) 4-6fav (9-2) Soon led, headed after 1f and raced in 2nd, regained lead 2f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Curragh 7f mdn fll Soft - Heavy in Mar beating Approach The Dawn (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 20 ran.
Keeper Of Time (IRE) 22-1 (9-3) A little keen, waited with, soon towards rear, pushed along on inner over 2f out, headway and switched right over 1f out, soon switched left, kept on without threatening, 5th of 11, 3 3/4l behind Amazed By Grace (8-9) at Curragh 7f hcp Soft - Heavy in Mar.
Loch Lein (IRE) 11-8fav (9-2) Prominent, soon led, asserted final furlong, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Cork 6f mdn gf in Sep beating Queens Carriage (9-2) by 6l, 15 ran.
Mehnah 17-2 (9-2) A little slow into stride, towards rear, 11th approaching straight and pushed along and raced on outer and headway, soon effort, led and stayed on best close home, won at Dundalk 7f mdn fll pol in Sep beating Fantasy Lady (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Messidor (IRE) 5-4fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, raced keenly, 3rd halfway, headway and edged right over 3f out, on terms over 2f out, pushed along and headed over 1f out, soon no impression on winner, kept on one pace, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 7, 5 1/4l behind My Generation (9-0) at Dundalk 1m lst stks (1) pol in Mar.
More Beautiful (USA) 9-4fav (9-2) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, pushed along entering straight, ridden and no impression in 3rd 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 3 3/4l behind Monday (9-2) at Leopardstown 7f lst fll stks (1) gd in Sep.
My Generation (USA) 11-2 (9-0) Tracked leader, lost place briefly and pushed along in 4th 3f out, progress to challenge 1 1/2f out and led over 1f out, ridden and went clear inside final furlong, easily, won at Dundalk 1m lst stks (1) pol in Mar beating Rocky Sky (9-0) by 5l, 7 ran.
Sense Of Style (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, disputed 5th 3f out, travelling smoothly straight behind horses, switched right over 1f out and pushed along, soon on terms, kept on well inside final furlong, just denied at the finish, 2nd of 12, shd behind Fantasy Lady (9-2) at Curragh 1m lst fll stks (1) sft in Oct.
Sziget (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Rear, 8th halfway, headway 2f out, ridden in 3rd and edged right over 1f out, no impression on leaders under 1f out, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 8, 3 3/4l behind Epona Plays (10-2) at Naas 1m Grp 3 fll stks (1) sft in Mar.
Zaffy's Pride (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Disputed lead, headed at halfway, closer 4th 3f out, ridden entering straight, went 2nd over 1f out, no impression on winner 1f out, kept on final furlong, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Poetic Flare (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f Grp 3 stks (1) Yielding - Soft in Oct.