By Duane Fonseca
Fairyland sprinkled some of her magic dust to ensure a narrow success in the Group 1 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
Ridden by Ryan Moore, the 3yo filly claimed her second Group One prize by ending her losing spell that stretched back to last year's Cheveley Park Stakes. Fairyland's success marked a 1-2 for Irish conditioner Aidan O'Brien who witnessed So Perfect take second a short head behind. Invincible Army took third in the 5 furlong contest, where Caspian Prince set the early pace before Fairyland took over with a little over a furlong left. Moore had to do much more against a strong finishing So Perfect, but the pair held on for a game win.
O'Brien said: "Her best run of the year was back at five at Ascot in the King's Stand.
"The ground was too soft for her at Haydock and she got upset in the stalls and banged her head before that at York.
"You would have to be delighted with both of them, and I'd say they will go for the Abbaye. Fans now qualified for the Breeders' Cup, but Mrs Stockwell and the lads will decide on that. She was bought originally to go to Galileo, so I'd doubt she will stay in training next year."