Connections of Aloha Star to appeal Curragh demotion

Filly was placed third after finishing second in Phoenix Stakes.

LUCKY VEGA winning the Phoenix Stakes at Curragh in Ireland.
LUCKY VEGA winning the Phoenix Stakes at Curragh in Ireland. Picture: Pat Healy Photography

Connections of Aloha Star  have confirmed their intention to appeal the decision of the Curragh stewards which saw her demoted from second to third in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes on Sunday.

The Fozzy Stack-trained filly was supplemented for the Group One contest having won the Airlie Stud Stakes on her previous outing. She also holds an entry in an online Tattersalls sale this week.

The daughter of Starspangledbanner finished second to Lucky Vega, a short head in front of The Lir Jet – but the stewards deemed there was sufficient interference between the runner-up and third-placed horse to see the placings reversed.

"She's come out of the race well and she holds an entry in the online sale this week," said Stack.

"If she's still in the yard after that we'd like to aim at the Cheveley Park. It's always hard when the girls take on the boys, but she ran a cracker. The winner looks very good, but she beat a lot of smart horses with good form.

"It's not just the €20,000 difference in prize-money, it's the difference between finishing second and third in a Group One.

"We've lodged an appeal, so we'll leave it at that."

Stack also ran Bubbles On Ice, who outran her 80-1 odds in sixth.

He said: "She ran OK for a filly who wants to be going further. I think we'll be looking at the Moyglare with her, all going well."

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