Ebadiyla leads Arc raid
A SMALL select team of fillies, headed by John Oxx's stable star Ebadiyla, look like representing this country next weekend in Paris for the glamour Arc meeting.
With the ground at Longchamp now soft again following weekend rain, the going should suit the Aga Khan's dual classic winner Ebadiyla, provided she gets the all clear from trainer Oxx later this week.
Withdrawn at the start of the Smurfit St Leger, her intended Arc prelim, because a trickle of blood showed from a nostril, Ebadiyla has had no further setbacks in a season that has been geared towards the Arc.
``All going well during the week, Ebadiyla runs at Longchamp. She worked well towards the end of last week and the ground is coming in her favour,'' Oxx explained.
The former champion trainer reports Ebadiyla's younger half sister Edabiya back safe and sound from Ascot where she was run out of the spoils in the Fillies Mile by compatriot Sunspangled.
``Edabiya is finished for the season now as she has done enough for the moment. She does not go as well in the soft as Ebadiyla, as she has a better action. But we won't know for sure until she goes on it again next season,'' Oxx added.
The Prix Marcel Boussac on the Arc card on Sunday could see three Irish runners, including Fear And Greed from the Tommy Stack stable and Aidan O'Brien's maiden Crystal Downs which were second and third to Edabiya in the Moyglare Stud Stakes last time.
Sunspangled, only fifth in the Moyglare promotion after making much of the running, turned around that form with Edabiya on Sunday at Ascot to encourage the connections of fear and greed and Crystal Downs for Sunday's trip to Paris.
It appears likely now that Jim Bolger will saddle Dazzling Park, successful on her debut on the Moyglare card at headquarters, as well for the Marcell Boussac.
Fear And Greed and Dazzling Park will be left in as well in Saturday's CL Weld's Park Stakes, but the present intention is for the pair to head to France instead for the Boussac which is run over an extra furlong.
Meanwhile O'Brien could take the Omeath Maiden at Dundalk this afternoon with Moon Dragon, though the nap selection is in-form Little-K.