Friday 20 July 2018

O'Brien's Pretty strong hand

Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: PA
Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: PA

Investec Oaks heroine Forever Together bids to double her Group One tally in the Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh today.

The daughter of Galileo was an impressive winner of the Epsom Classic a month ago and will be a hot favourite when she meets her elders for the first time this weekend.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien also saddles Epsom Oaks third Bye Bye Baby, as well as Athena, who makes a swift return to action after finishing fourth in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

"Everything has gone well and according to plan with Forever Together since Epsom and we are looking forward to letting her run," O'Brien said.

"She's in good form. Obviously it's a drop down in trip and it's better ground, but we've been happy with her since the Oaks.

"Bye Bye Baby is in good form as well. She's a course and distance winner and we've been happy with her since Epsom.Athena seems to have come out of Royal Ascot well so she'll also take her chance."

Jim Bolger's course and distance winner Turret Rocks steps back up in grade after landing a Listed prize at Gowran Park last month.

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