Bred by owner John Magnier’s vast Coolmore Stud operation, Moth suffered a disappointing first season on the racecourse, failing to live up to her ancestry with defeats in maiden races at Navan and Naas.
But those races were both run on rain-softened ground and, experiencing a livelier surface for the first time, this sister to five different classy horses began to show her true colours when getting off the mark with victory at The Curragh on April 7 2013.
That was just a maiden race for other non-winners but she scored by almost five lengths and her connections then made the bold call to supplement her for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at a cost of £30,000.
Their judgement was vindicated when she ran a storming race in the Newmarket Classic, running on stoutly in the last quarter mile to finish a never-nearer third behind Sky Lantern. She was then fourth in the Investec Oaks at Epsom and a very disappointing eighth when long odds-on in a Listed Race at Naas. She did not run again in 2013 and has been retired to stud as a broodmare.