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Coolmore-Godolphin clash in Pretty Polly
on 24 June 2019
Aidan O'Brien is responsible for seven of the 12 entries for Friday evening's Group 1 but Godolphin's Wild Illusion should put up a fight

Aidan O’Brien is responsible for seven of the 12 remaining possibles after the confirmation stage for Friday evening's Group 1 Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.

His main chance on Friday appears to lie with Pink Dogwood, who finished second to Anapurna in the Oaks at Epsom. She could well be suited by the drop to 10 furlongs.

The Ballydoyle trainer has left in several fillies who ran at Ascot last week, including Ribblesdale second Fleeting. Magic Wand and I Can Fly – who were both also placed at Ascot – along with Happen, Just Wonderful and Peach Tree are also in the mix.

The British-based raiders – who have a good recent record in this race, having won five of the last seven editions – comprise Charlie Appleby’s Wild Illusion and David Lanigan’s Worth Waiting this year.

Wild Illusion has already won three Group 1 races and was just beatenby a neck in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf last November. The four-year-old Dubawi filly was a little disappointing on her seasonal reappearance when sixth of nine behind Zabeel Prince in the Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp last month.

Joseph O’Brien may run last year’s Fillies’ Mile scorer Iridessa, while Ger Lyons could step Who’s Steph back up in class.

Dermot Weld may be represented by Search For A Song, closely related to Free Eagle, who was an impressive winner of her only race to date at Fairyhouse.


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