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Thursday 18 September 2014

Final fling for McCreery duo

Published 22/03/2014 | 16:52

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Indigo Lady could race for the last time at The Curragh on Sunday

Asgardella and Indigo Lady could make their first and last appearance for trainer Willie McCreery in the Lodge Park Stud EBF Park Express Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

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Asgardella won twice in Britain for Richard Fahey before going under the hammer for 52,000 guineas at last December's Tattersalls Sale, while Indigo Lady won at Yarmouth and was placed at Group Three level in France for Peter Chapple-Hyam.

However, both have been bought as potential broodmares rather than racemares and they will attempt to increase their value in this weekend's Group Three test before being covered by a couple of leading stallions.

McCreery said: "We've got a couple of good jockey bookings for the two of them (Billy Lee on Asgardella and Joseph O'Brien on Indigo Lady) and they'll both like the ground. You couldn't get enough rain for either of them.

"Both of them have worked well since they arrived, so if they can get a bit of black type we'll be delighted. Indigo Lady is going to Camelot and Asgardella is going to Kodiac, so this could be the last time you see the two of them on the racecourse."

Pop Art was placed in Listed company on a couple of occasions last year, but trainer Charles O'Brien is concerned the step up to a mile could be too much for his four-year-old this weekend.

He said: "I'm hoping she'll run well. She'll like the ground and she's in good form. The mile is probably stretching her a bit, that's my only concern, but we'll see what happens."

Paul Deegan's Achnaha is one of only three three-year-olds in the 12-runner field, the others being Aidan O'Brien's Dance With Another and the Dermot Weld-trained Vote Often.

Achnaha was runner-up on two of her three juvenile starts, most recently playing second fiddle to O'Brien's classy colt Mekong River in the Listed Eyrefield Stakes at Leopardstown in early November.

Deegan said: "She seems in good form and has some good form in the book. She's a big, imposing filly who was always going to be better this year than she was last season, so we're looking forward to getting her going.

"She might appreciate a bit further in time and she's taking on the older fillies, which is always tough. We think she's quite nice, she's still quite green and will improve with racing."

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