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Curragh double on cards for Lyons

Tomorrow's action at the Curragh features the intriguing battle of arguably the two best juvenile fillies in Europe at the moment as Aidan O'Brien's unbeaten Maybe takes on the Group One-winning La Collina trained by Kevin Prendergast.

The two will lock horns again having already done so at Leopardstown, in which Maybe came out on top despite having to give three pounds away to her rival.

La Collina has undoubtedly improved since then and was the beneficiary of a great piece of training by the masterful Prendergast when he opted to avoid Maybe in the Group Two Debutante Stakes and take on the colts in the Group One Phoenix Stakes, which she won at odds of 33/1.

The rematch with Maybe sees La Collina three pounds worse off than the Leopardstown duel so Maybe has to be given the nod in what should be a very good tussle.

Jessica Harrington has her team in superb form and struck with a well-backed double last night at Killarney.

In tomorrow's Dance Design Stakes, the Moone-based trainer can strike again with three-year-old Bible Belt who seems to be on the upward curve.

A relatively late starter this season, the daughter of Big Bad Bob didn't return to action until July and has racked up a brace of wins thus far. This Group Three should be her hat-trick and biggest to date, with Fran Berry back onboard.

Meath-based Ger Lyons can open the card with an opening race double, along with Johnny Murtagh.

Lyons is just one of the big stables represented in the opening maiden that includes newcomers from Dermot Weld, Jim Bolger and Tommy Stack. But of the form available to date, there is no doubt that his Pearl In The Sand deserves to open her account at the third time of asking.

Following on from that, Lightening Pearl can return to winning ways after a creditable effort at HQ last time when following home Maybe.

The Marju filly was third that day and takes a drop in class to Group Three company for the Round Tower Stakes and should have good enough form to hold off the Curragh Stakes 1-2 of An Ghalanta and Boris Grigoriev.

David Wachman's first string for the race is Captain Obvious, a Naas maiden winner who brings a bit of the unknown as it is only his second start.

The Irish Cambridgeshire will again be an ultra competitive contest and at a decent price last year's winner Hujaylea is tentatively selected.

Course and distance form is valuable and with Mick Halford claiming 10 pounds off his back, hopefully he'll recapture his winning form.


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