05/22/2005 11:00PM

Curragh favorites defeated

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Bago and Virginia Waters were beaten favorites at The Curragh on Sunday, as Grey Swallow and Saoire won the Tattersalls Gold Cup and Irish 1000 Guineas.

Grey Swallow sprung a 6-1 surprise at the expense of Bago, last year's European 3-year-old champion, in the Group 1, $314,000 Tattersalls Gold Cup. Last year's Irish Derby winner, Grey Swallow held off the 9-10 Bago's late challenge to prevail by three-quarters of a length. Trained by Dermot Weld, Grey Swallow went the 1 5/16 miles in 2:15.10 on good ground.

Saoire led all the way under Michael Kinane for a 10-1 victory in the $502,000 Irish 1000 Guineas, as the English 1000 Guineas winner and 11-10 favorite, Virginia Waters, finished a dull 10th. Saoire, a Frances Crowley-trained filly, dueled through the final furlong with the 25-1 Penkenna Princess, prevailing by a short head. The time for the mile was 1:41.50.

* Godolphin announced on Sunday that Dubawi, its two-length winner of Saturday's Irish 2000 Guineas, is an intended starter in the 1 1/2-mile Epsom Derby on June 4.