‘Coco’ can start the season in style with Pretty Polly glory
Five of the last 10 renewals of tomorrow’s Group One Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes (3.45) at the Curragh have been won by British raiders and there are three chasing the €300,000 prize this time around.
a Dreamloper, trained by Ed Walker, took her form to new heights this season with a Group 2 win at Newmarket that kicked off the new term before the five-year-old claimed the Prix d Ispahan from Group 1 at Longchamp at the end of last month. .
Kieran Shoemark takes the mount on Lope De Vega’s daughter and she is definitely respected while William Haggas is doubly represented with Purplepay landing a Chantilly Group Two in style earlier this month. The three-year-old has a favorable age allowance of 12lbs which makes Tom Marquand’s mount quite attractive, while her stablemate My Astra is also in the mix after winning a Listed event at Ayr in doing a handstand on his last start.
It was easily a career high and Daniel Tudhope’s mount, also sired by Lope De Vega, may well improve once again in a prize Haggas snagged in 2018, but this contest can still stay at home.
Concert Hall, which also receives 12 pounds for its older rivals, is the sole representative of Aidan O’Brien and the Dubawi filly guarantees respect for the all-conquering Ballydoyle handler on what could be his optimum journey after having defeated the next Royal Ascot winner Magical Lagoon in the Listed Salsabil Stakes over 1m2f at Naas in his first start of the season.
Little Coco could prove a class of her own though, with Paddy Twomey showing supreme confidence in the four-year-old to make her seasonal reappearance at the top level on the Kildare track.
The Tipperary trainer has no hesitation in throwing the filly Ruler Of The World into the deep end given she is four out of five since joining handler Cashel last season.
Her last start at the age of three saw her lower the colors of the mighty Love in a group two on this track and if Billy Lee’s mount can replicate something like that then it sets a bar that her eight rivals might not be able to reach. .
Precious handicaps dominate most of the card with Paul Nolan’s HMS Seahorse a one-sided player under Chris Hayes at Ragusa (4.20) while Group Two Airlie Stud Stakes (2.10) are at the center of the scene from the start.
O’Brien has clinched five of the last nine races and there’s so much to like about Statuette – aside from his prohibitive odds – thanks to a smooth debut win at Navan last month and Ryan Moore’s mount just might fend off Zarinsk from Ger Lyons.