Wednesday 17 January 2018

When tops Polly contenders

Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Getty Images
Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Getty Images

Remember When bids to give this year's Classic form a boost when she lines-up for the Audi Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained filly is still a maiden after four starts yet she has finished fourth in the Irish 1000 Guineas and third in the English Oaks.

Kevin Prendergast's Crystal Gal and Tommy Stack's Lolly For Dolly, seventh and eighth respectively in the Irish Guineas, renew rivalry.

Akdarena, sixth in the Investec Oaks at Epsom, represents Jim Bolger while Stan Moore's Kinky Afro completes the three-year-old brigade.

Chinese White, trained by Dermot Weld, aims to go out on a high as this is likely to be the five-year-old's last race as she is in foal to Cape Cross.

Godolphin's Flying Cloud, Joseph Murphy's Rose Hip and William Muir's Saphira's Fire complete the nine-strong field following the final declaration stage.

Lolly For Dolly is turned out again quickly after her fine fourth in the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot last week and Stack's son and assistant Fozzy reports her to have taken those exertions in her stride.

"She's in good form and seems to have taken the race from Ascot well," said Stack.

"Once we knew Sariska and Strawberrydaiquiri weren't coming over, we decided we'd take our chance.

"She ran well at Ascot in what was a very good race and she had top-weight as well.

"It also looked as if another furlong or two wouldn't be a problem for her.

"It's a Group One race and if we finish in the first three it will be a great result."

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