Saturday 18 November 2017

Beaux out to be Curragh beauty

Lola Beaux wins at Dundalk
Lola Beaux wins at Dundalk

Lola Beaux steps into Group class for the first time in Sunday's CL & MF Weld Park Stakes at the Curragh.

The Jessica Harrington-trained filly has raced against colts in the first two starts of her career, but takes on her own sex this weekend.

Having narrowly failed on her debut at Tipperary she was a gutsy winner at Dundalk, beating Aidan O'Brien's General Marshall.

A daughter of Equiano, she is owned by Hayley O'Connor, who works as a PR representative for Ladbrokes.

Harrington said: "I've been very happy with her since Dundalk. She was only just touched off on her first start and then I was delighted with her next time.

"Both her runs have been against colts, but she's very tough and hardy and has a professional attitude. I'm hoping she'll run well."

Willie McCreery is gunning for more big-race glory, this time with Queen Anne, a Sheikh Mohammed-owned daughter of Iffraaj who on pedigree should be suited by stepping up to seven furlongs.

Aidan O'Brien's Qualify is joined by stablemate Ask Me Nicely, while Dermot Weld's Stormfly returns after a break.

Andy Oliver saddles Galway winner Could Should Would, and the once-raced Stellar Glow of Jim Bolger's bids to step up on a promising first effort behind Tamadhor at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend.

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