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Tapestry secured her second win from as many starts with a smart display in the Friarstown Stud Debutante Stakes at the Curragh to cement her status as a leading contender for next season's 1000 Guineas.

Her Aidan O'Brien-trained stable companion Perhaps cut out much of the running under Seamie Heffernan, with Joseph O'Brien content to sit third aboard the 4-5 market leader.

Avenue Gabriel went in pursuit of the leader first, but Tapestry always had the move covered and quickened up in fine style on the outside to claim the Group Two prize by a length and three-quarters.

It was a one-two for the Ballydoyle trainer, with Perhaps holding off Avenue Gabriel for second.

O'Brien snr said: "I'm delighted with her. She came forward nicely from her debut. It was a nice, easily run pace and she'll learn plenty from today, too. She could go for the Moyglare, but she could go a lot of ways. My two-year-old fillies are running nicely so far."

Heffernan picked up a four-day ban from the stewards for his use of the whip on Perhaps.

The O'Briens were completing a juvenile double after Terrific put a disappointing debut behind her with victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden. The daughter of Galileo cost 1,300,000 guineas at Tattersalls last October, but trailed home 12th of 16 runners on her racecourse introduction at the Curragh in late June.

Blinkered for the first time, she was still a leading fancy for her second assignment at 9-4 and was soon bowling along at the head of affairs.

The youngster was challenged by Scalabrina before Johnny Murtagh arrived on the scene with 2-1 favourite Gorteo, but Terrific dug deep and was always doing enough in the last of the eight furlongs to hold on by half a length.

O'Brien snr said: "She was very green on her debut, that's why she wore blinkers today. She was unusually green, and she tried to stop in the middle of the race, she must have spooked at something. The blinkers helped her concentrate today.

"She is well-bred and we've always liked her. She is smart filly and she could be anything."


From Belfast Telegraph