RED Tea dominated from the front in a depleted Group 2 Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh.
Just five runners went to post for the nine-furlong test, with the William Haggas-trained Move Swiftly – who would have been a hot-favourite to follow up her victory in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot – the most significant of three non-runners.
In the British raider’s absence, Joseph O’Brien’s Red Tea was the 11/10 market leader. She had finished eighth behind Move Swiftly at the Royal meeting on her latest appearance.
Donnacha O’Brien sent the six-year-old straight to the lead and gradually raised the tempo.
Aidan O’Brien’s Goddess attempted to close the gap late on, but Red Tea never looked in serious danger of being caught and was good value for the official winning margin of two lengths.
Red Tea brings up a double on the day for brothers @JosephOBrien2 and @donnacha_obrien as the six-year-old mare wins the Group 2 Kilboy Estate Stakes from the front with Goddess second at @curraghrace pic.twitter.com/oVpiJdVNdo— Racing TV (@RacingTV) July 21, 2019
“Donnacha gave her a lovely ride, kept it very simple and controlled the race,” said the winning trainer.
“In fairness, she is a good mare. She’s been improving and improving, and to be a Group 2 winner now she is hugely valuable. It cut up a little bit in fairness. But still, she had to go and do it, and she’s done it well.
“She’s a filly that could maybe travel a little bit. The Blandford Stakes (back at the Curragh) could be another option.”