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Maybe the Moyglare favourite

Boylesports make Aidan O'Brien's Debutante Stakes-winner Maybe the odds-on favourite to confirm her place as the best juvenile in this country ahead of Sunday's Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

The unbeaten daughter of Galileo has raced four times this season, winning at big odds on her debut and then justifying favouritism on her last three outings which included a listed success at Royal Ascot, a Group Three at Leopardstown and then a Group Two at HQ last time.

Some chose to question the form of her Leopardstown victory, which was a hard fought battle over La Collina. However, the latter is likely to be her biggest danger this weekend again.


Kevin Prendergast opted against taking on the fillies in the Debutante Stakes and instead took on the colts in the Group One Keenland Phoenix Stakes, which she won at odds of 33/1.

Although the only Group One winner in the field, the form of the Irish fillies appears to be stronger than the colts -- therefore the placing in the market of Maybe -- but there will surely be many who will fancy the 7/2 about the second favourite.

Others to notably stand their ground in Sunday's feature are those who have form linking with Maybe such as Yellow Rosebud and Rubina, while Jessica Harrington's Princess Sinead is also a likely runner.

Meanwhile, it was revealed yesterday that another high profile filly, Snow Fairy, is likely to take in Leopardstown next for the Irish Champion Stakes on September 3.

Ed Dunlop's four-year-old last won at Sha Tim in the Hong Kong Gold Cup and has lost little in defeat in her only two runs since, but now faces a daunting battle at Leopardstown with Aidan O'Brien's So You Think in the premier 10-furlong Group One.

The filly was declared to run at York last week in the Yorkshire Oaks, but due to the ground was withdrawn by Dunlop in favour of the Prix Jean Romanet.

She was prevented from running in France because of a technicality relating to her late withdrawal and will now head here next.

Racing manager to the owner Cristina Patino, Patrick Cooper, said yesterday: "It hasn't properly been discussed yet, but she has the choice of the Irish Champion or the Prix Vermeille in France and the Champion is the preferred of the two."

Gordon Elliott's York Ebor winner from last season, Dirar, has settled into his new home for the next couple of months in Saratoga and will run at the American track tomorrow evening.


Grand National-winning trainer Elliott has pinpointed a number of races in Saratoga for the dual purpose gelding, starting with tomorrow's New York Writers Club Chase.

Barry Geraghty has flown out to partner the six-year-old. The prize money is quite lucrative as Elliott says: "The prize money is very good and there is also the choice of good ground.

"He travelled over nicely and seems in good order. It's great to have Barry on our side for the race and the plan is to finish up at Far Hills in October.

"We might run him once or twice in between."