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Trainer Olly Stevens hopes Lightning Thunder will go one better after 1000 Guineas runner-up finish

Updated: Monday, 26 May 2014 12:01 | Comments

Ryan Moore on Marvellous gets ahead of Harry Bentley in the yellow and black silks on Lightning Thunder
Ryan Moore on Marvellous gets ahead of Harry Bentley in the yellow and black silks on Lightning Thunder

Trainer Olly Stevens is keeping his fingers crossed Lightning Thunder's day in the sun is not too far away after she filled the runner-up spot in Classic company for the second time in Sunday's Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

The Dutch Art filly ran a fantastic race to finish a neck behind Miss France in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket at the start of the month and despite doubts about the attritional conditions, she was favourite to go one better in Ireland.

Lightning Thunder looked likely to supply her fledgling trainer with a landmark victory when hitting the front inside the last two furlongs, but she was eventually mowed down by Marvellous.

Stevens said: "I think everyone in the yard is in awe of what a tough and genuine filly she is and we're extremely proud of her.

"I think we were pretty public about the fact we were worried about the ground, but the owners were very sporting and decided to let her take her chance.

"The ground didn't suit her on the day, but she still ran very well. I would say she ran a bigger race than she did at Newmarket, all things considered.

"She hit a flat spot at the furlong marker, but it is testament to how tough and game she is that she kept going to finish second.

"She can idle a bit in front. Harry (Bentley) did nothing wrong, she's just a filly who tends to take herself to the front.

"I think Harry is showing huge maturity in his riding this year, showing he is a big-race jockey.

"We were beaten fair and square by a very good filly on the day, who obviously relished the ground."

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