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Bolger will bide time on Polly plans

Jim Bolger will wait until tomorrow morning before deciding on his plans for Saturday's Audi Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.

The Coolcullen trainer has three possibles for the 10-furlong Group One with Investec Oaks sixth Akdarena, Coronation Stakes second Gile Na Greine and Gold Bubbles, who was runner-up in the Musidora Stakes, all entered.

"Akdarena came out of Epsom a little on the light side and it's taking her time to get her weight back on," Bolger said.

"We're getting there slowly but whether we make it or not, I wasn't going to decide until Friday. It's a possibility she will run. They are all in the same boat really, they are all going to be late decisions.

"Gile Na Greine ran at Ascot and she had to travel home. She is very hardy and didn't lose a lot of weight so she's in the mix.

"We have had a bit of luck running fillies in the Coronation and then coming back for the Pretty Polly. It's probably not a bad indicator. There's only eight or nine days between the two races. We won't decide until Friday morning."

Paul Deegan is praying for suitable conditions to allow Lady Springbank to line up at the Curragh this weekend.

The daughter of Choisir was a hugely impressive winner of the 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown on her first start of the season but could only finish 14th in the Classic itself.

Deegan feels the quick surface did not help her cause that day and he would ideally like rain ahead of her possible run in the Woodies DIY Celebration Stakes on Sunday.

"She's in the Pretty Polly on Saturday and a Listed race on Sunday and if she's going to run it would be on the Sunday.

"She's a good filly but she's much better on soft ground and it was just too quick for her in the Guineas," said Deegan.

"She gave Jim (Crowley) a brilliant ride and travelled beautifully, and Jim said he couldn't believe how well she was going. But as soon as he went for her, he felt she was just going up and down on the spot.

"She really wants a bit of give in the ground but, as long as it's safe, we might have a go on Sunday as she is dropping in class."

Popmurphy could bid to bounce back to form in the At The Races Curragh Cup on Saturday.

The four-year-old, formerly trained in England by Karl Burke, made an excellent start to life in Ireland when finishing a narrow second in the Alleged Stakes, beating multiple Group One winner Fame And Glory in the process.

The latter turned the tables in no uncertain terms as Popmurphy finished last of five in the Mooresbridge Stakes last time, but trainer Paul Deegan expects an improved performance when he steps up in trip.

"He could take his chance but we're just keeping an eye on the ground," said Deegan.

"He's definitely a better horse when there's a bit of give in it but over a mile and six furlongs, it might not be such a concern.

"His first run for us was a brilliant run where he split She's Our Mark and Fame And Glory.

"We didn't realistically expect to beat Fame And Glory again the last day and the ground was pretty quick that weekend as well.

"He's in good form at the moment and was fifth in the Queen's Vase last year so we know the trip won't be a problem for him.

"He's in the Irish St Leger and that would be the long-term plan with him."


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