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Alive primed for Was duel

Alive Alive Oh will carry a degree of stable confidence as she puts her Darley Irish Oaks credentials on the line in the Oxigen Environmental Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh tomorrow.

Trained by Tommy Stack, the three-year-old has created a strong impression in her two races this season and was set to go off favourite for the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot before connections pulled her out on account of the fast ground.

Stack's son and assistant, Fozzy, feels Alive Alive Oh has recovered from the exertions of travelling to England.

He said: "She seems well enough after it, anyway.

"That was the first time she'd ever had a journey of any real length but she took it all in her stride, thankfully. It was just a shame she couldn't run.


"It will be a long time before we scratch a favourite at Ascot again, I can say that.

"But the owners are very understanding and they want her for a long time, not just a good time. The ground was very hard at Ascot so it was the correct decision, we feel, anyway."

Alive Alive Oh will come up against last year's Oaks winner Was, trained by Aidan O'Brien, who also runs Say.

Jockey Joseph O'Brien is expecting a much better show from Was stepping back up in trip.

"She ran a nice race at the Curragh earlier on in the year over a mile and that trip is probably a bit short of her best," O'Brien said.

"She's stepping back up to a mile and a quarter here so we'll be hoping for a good run."