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The future looking increasingly rosy for Iveagh Gardens

By Martin Kelly

There was a big upset in the Canford Cliffs EBF Athasi Stakes at the Curragh as Investec Oaks fancy Found was beaten by 25-1 outsider Iveagh Gardens.

Already a Group One winner, Found was favourite for the 1000 Guineas all winter but was ruled out of the Classic at the 11th hour after a minor setback.

Rather than head to Newmarket, Aidan O'Brien was happy to let her run 24 hours later, despite the ground being heavy, and she appeared to be doing just enough entering the final furlong.

However, Niall McCullagh was getting a strong run out of Charles O'Brien's filly, and she flew past Found close to home to win going away by two lengths.

Coral reacted by pushing Found out to 5-1 from 4-1 for the Oaks behind 7-2 favourite Legatissimo.

"She's a filly I've always liked, I rode her a few times last season and always thought there was a good day in her," said McCullagh.

"I got a good tow into it, but when she got out she was electric.

"The plan was to ride her for third and anything else was a bonus and we certainly got that."

The winning trainer said: "That (Group Three) is on her CV now, and it makes a big difference to a filly."

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