Tahiyra wins the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh

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Tahiyra improved by one spot from her Newmarket second-place finish to take home a commanding victory in the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

The Dermot Weld-trained Tahiyra, who earlier last month finished second to Mawj in the 1,000 Guinness, showed her talent at the Curragh.

Chris Hayes dislodged the 2-5 favourite before sprinting through Meditate (10-3) in second place to win by one and a half lengths. At 150-1, Cumhra put up a strong finish to place third.

Despite Tahiyra’s brilliant performance throughout, the Aidan O’Brien duo of Breeders’ Cup champions Meditate and Dower House kept her contained on the rail from her draw in stall one.

With two more furlongs to go, Hayes expertly angled out his filly and quickly eliminated longtime rival Meditate.

After quickly repeating her supremacy over the Ballydoyle contestant, she displayed lots of courage in the final moments as she was pushed out for victory.

After Homeless Songs’ victory a year ago, it gave her handler and jockey back-to-back triumphs in the fillies’ Classic. She is now able to move on to Royal Ascot and compete in a rematch with her Newmarket victor in the Coronation Stakes.

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