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Thursday 24 July 2014

Burke hoping for Curragh rain

Published 15/07/2014|16:23

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Odeliz (right)

Karl Burke has his fingers crossed the forecast showers fall on the Curragh ahead of the Kilboy Estate Stakes on Sunday.

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The trainer is keen to send Odeliz across the Irish Sea for the Group Two contest over nine furlongs for which 20 fillies stood their ground at the confirmation stage.

The Middleham handler believes the four-year-old has the ability to pick up a Group Two after she got within a length of Thistle Bird in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom on her latest start. Roger Charlton's mare went on to boost the form when winning the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.

"We want to run, but we could do with some rain at the moment," said Burke.

"There are some heavy showers coming across. It's just a question of if they hit the Curragh or not. Ideally, we wouldn't want any firm in the going description.

"She's in great form. We are very happy with her. She's come on again from Epsom. The form of that race has worked out really well.

"Hopefully, she's a Group-race winner waiting to happen."

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Mango Diva, who was fifth in the Epsom Group Three contest last month, could renew rivalry, while a third English raider is Roger Varian's Princess Loulou.

Bracelet, winner of the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot, is one of four possibles from Aidan O'Brien's stable along with Palace, Peace Burg and Tapestry.

John Oxx's three-year-old My Titania, who was an encouraging fourth on her belated seasonal debut in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, would be another leading home contender. Oxx has also left in Harasiya.

Others in the mix include Dermot Weld's pair of Afternoon Sunlight and Along Came Casey, David Wachman's Lahinch Classics, Jim Bolger's Tobann and Joe Murphy's Euphrasia.

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