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Easy win has Profound effect on Melbourne odds

Profound Beauty ran out an emphatic winner of the Group Three ITM/Springpaarden Fonds Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown.

Sent off the 4/11 favourite, she made all under Pat Smullen and was never seriously threatened as the Dermot Weld-trained mare enjoyed what amounted to a confidence-boosting spin.

Akzar ran well enough to take second but was a healthy three lengths in arrears of Profound Beauty, who was winning for the sixth time at the Dublin track.

William Hill were quick to react with a 14/1 from 16s quote for the Melbourne Cup.

Weld said: "She did what we expected her to do, she's a very high-class filly. We'll see how she comes out of the race before we make any decisions. Her main options are the Yorkshires Oaks and the Irish St Leger."

Sariska remains firmly on course to take her chance in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks, according to trainer Michael Bell.

Last year's dual Oaks winner had Midday behind when making a winning reappearance on the Knavesmire in May and was far from disgraced when chasing home Fame And Glory in Epsom's Coronation Cup.

Provided York conditions are suitable, Bell is ready to let his pride and joy pit her wits back against her own sex in the Group One event on August 19, a race in which she was beaten at odds-on by Dar Re Mi 12 months ago.

"Sariska is in very good form and we are priming her for the Yorkshire Oaks," said the Newmarket handler.

"She seems in great health and if she remains that way, and the ground is suitable, then she will run.

"I feel that she is a fresher filly going into the race than she was last year as she has had a light campaign because her main targets after York are the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the Breeders' Cup."

Harbinger is attracting further opposition in the ante-post market for the Juddmonte International at York next month, with Coral pushing the King George hero out to 5/4 favourite from 11/10.

The Michael Stoute-trained four-year-old had been as short as evens on Tuesday before Harry Herbert, racing manager for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, warned that the ground must be right on the Knavesmire for Harbinger to take his chance.

The Dansili colt became the highest-rated Flat horse in the world after destroying his rivals at Ascot, and York's Group One on August 17 is his intended next port of call.

Rip Van Winkle is the 9/4 second favourite, ahead of the well-backed Khalid Abdullah-owned pair, Byword and Twice Over, at 7/2 and 7/1 respectively.

Juddmonte International, Coral bet: 5/4 Harbinger, 9/4 Rip Van Winkle, 7/2 Byword, 7/1 Twice Over, 14/1 Cape Blanco, 25/1 Cutlass Bay, Jakkalberry, 33/1 bar.

Enact's connections have blamed the rain-softened ground for the filly's disappointing performance in last weekend's Stewards' Cup.

Michael Stoute's four-year-old was sent off the 6/1 favourite for the fiercely competitive handicap under Ryan Moore, but trailed home 24th of the 28 runners.

Chris Richardson, managing director of the owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: "She just hated the ground on the day. They had that shower in the morning which just loosened the ground up too much for her.

"Ryan said coming down the hill that she was in trouble and just from watching the race it looked like the ground was even softer over on the far side. It's unfortunate considering how fast the ground has been all summer, but it's just one of those things."


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