09/02/2007 11:00PM

Saoirse Abu wins again


Saoirse Abu, already a Group 1 winner this season against colts, made off with the European season's first Group 1 race for juvenile fillies at the Curragh on Sunday as she took the Moyglare Stud Stakes at a rather astonishing 13-2.

Why Irish bettors should have dismissed her chances at such an inflated price is unclear. After having defeated Henrythe-

navigator by a length in the six-furlong Group 1 Phoenix Stakes on Aug. 12 at the Curragh, she wasn't meeting better fillies in the Moyglare Stud.

Ridden by Kevin Manning for trainer Jim Bolger, Saoirse Abu rallied to lead at the eighth pole to defeat the Aidan O'Brien-trained 4-5 favorite Listen by 1 1/2 lengths, traveling the seven furlongs in 1:25.01. It was a half-length back to Mad About You in third, while Albabilia, the Clive Brittain-trained winner of the Group 3 Sweet Solera Stakes, was fourth, 3 lengths behind the winner.

After winning for the third time in seven starts, Saoirse Abu may now be put away for the winter by Bolger, who also trains one of Europe's leading 2-year-old colts, New Approach. Bolger has already announced that Saoirse Abu's next major objective will be the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4.

Benbaun considered for BC Sprint

Benbaun's third consecutive victory in the five-furlong Group 3 Flying Five could land him in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. English trainer Mark Wallace had been planning to send Benbaun, a Stravinsky gelding, to the Sprinters Stakes in Japan but with foreign horses likely to be banned from that Sept. 30 race because of the outbreak of equine influenza, he is considering a trip to Monmouth Park after a run in the Group 3 Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh on Sept. 15.