05/23/2004 11:00PM

Attraction stays unbeaten


Attraction, showing herself the British equivalent of Smarty Jones, extended her unbeaten career record to seven and became the first filly to complete the English and Irish 1,000 Guineas double in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at The Curragh on Sunday.

Adopting her usual front-running tactics under jockey Kevin Darley, Attraction stayed on strongly to hold the challenge of Alexander Goldrun by a length, covering the mile on good-to-firm turf in 1:37.60. A daughter of Efisio who is owned and bred by the Duke of Roxburghe, Attraction was sent off a surprisingly generous 2-1 favorite in a field of 15.

Trainer Mark Johnston said the one-mile Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot may be next for Attraction, and that she is unlikely to run in the Breeders' Cup.

* Powerscourt won a substandard renewal of the other Group 1 race on the card, the Tattersalls Gold Cup. The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt covered 1 5/16 miles in 2:11.00 to beat Livadiya, who had raced the day before, by six lengths.