Sunday 19 November 2017

Collina primed for Polly test

La Collina
La Collina

Kevin Prendergast is anticipating a good performance from La Collina as she goes for glory in the Oxigen Enviromental Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh next Sunday.

The four-year-old is set to have just her second try at 10 furlongs in the Group One event after finishing second on her first attempt in May.

She subsequently reverted to a mile to finish second in a Curragh Group Three last time, but the longer trip holds few fears for Prendergast.

He said: "She would be my definite runner. I've no concerns over the trip. She ran over a mile and two in the Blue Wind at Naas and it was just that the winner (Euphrasia) skipped away.

"She had Dermot Weld's good mare (Princess Highway) behind her and Rehn's Nest, who was then placed in the Irish 1000 Guineas.

"It'll be a very hot race, although some of the better ones will have raced at Ascot and might not run, but she should run well.

"She likes good ground and hopefully it'll be good next weekend."

La Collina has not tasted victory since landing the Group One Phoenix Stakes as a juvenile back in 2011 and Prendergast would love to secure another top-level victory.

He added: "She's been great for us and solid as a rock. It would be great to get another Group One with her."

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