06/24/2005 11:00PM

'Goldrun' gets there


Alexander Goldrun atoned for her narrow defeat in this race last year with a thrilling last-to-first victory in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes Saturday at The Curragh.

Alexander Goldrun, favored at about 2-1 in the 10-horse field, was idling at the back in the early stages after missing the break. The duo of New Morning and Red Bloom set a good gallop, and it looked as if New Morning would lead all the way.

Challengers loomed up at the furlong pole, however, including German filly Elopa, who came with a threatening run. It was Alexander Goldrun, though, who proved best, scorching down the center of the track to lead 100 yards out and finishing first by 1 1/2 lengths.

Red Bloom held second place from Elopa, who broke down after the race. The injury will force her retirement.

Jim Bolger, who trains Alexander Goldrun, has mapped out a program of Group 1 races around Europe for the filly, including the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown, and the Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp on Arc Day in October.