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Agrimony put up a good performance to finish second to Wordsworth in the 10-furlong three-year-olds’ maiden at The Curragh on Saturday. Weak in the market beforehand, Agrimony was smartly away from his wide draw, and Gary Carroll was able to come across and slot in in about seventh place early on, and just three off the rail. He was a little keen early on, but he settled better after they had gone about three furlongs, and he travelled well from there until the entrance to the home straight. He made nice ground from there on the outside of runners, and he started to bridge the gap to the leading group of six as they straightened up for home. Wordworth, who had raced prominently from flagfall from his inside draw, got the better of early leader Sunwalk on the run to the furlong marker, but Agrimony stayed on really well down the outside, moving into second place and getting to within two lengths of the winner by the time they got to the winning line, two and a half lengths clear of Zaynudin in third.

It was a fine run by Joe Murphy’s colt, to finish second to the Aidan O’Brien-trained Wordworth, a brother to Kew Gardens who finished second to Derby favourite High Definition in a maiden last August on his only previous run. Agrimony had to do plenty of running from his high draw to slot in and get a nice racing position, and he was just a little keen for a couple of furlongs. He had run just once himself before too, he had finished a close-up second in a Punchestown maiden over a mile last September to Liffey River, who ran in the Group 2 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes on his next run. He saw out this 10-furlong trip, and his pedigree is mainly middle-distance, so he could do even better over a mile and a half. This was just his second run, his seasonal debut, and he should be able to build on it.
The Curragh, 17th April 2021