The Pretty Polly Stakes is a 10-furlong group 1 race for fillies and mares aged 3 and over. It is run at The Curragh (4.30 Sunday), and has been won twice in the last decade by trainers Aiden O’Brien, Jim Bolger and John Gosden, whilst Dermot Weld has also won it once. 8 of the last 10 winners have been older than four.
There are 9 runners set to go to post for the 2015 renewal, so here is our analysis and big-race tip.
A deserving favourite after her win in the English 1,000 Guineas and her runner-up finish in the Oaks where she just seemed to get outstayed by Quality (who didn’t exactly rubber-stamp the form in the Irish Derby yesterday). Second on her only course start, but her ecent exertions may mean she’s not 100%.
Dermot Weld’s filly is unbeaten in 4 starts, and the form of her easy last win has been advertised in some style by Amazing Maria (Won group 2 at Royal Ascot). A 4-year-old; she may be fresher than the classic generation.
The Irish 1,000 Guineas winner was put in her place over 12-furlongs at Royal Ascot by Curvy; who is trained by Legatissimo’s trainer David Wachman.
The group 1 winning filly is trained by James Fanshawe, who is coming into form, but she would love softer ground. Never out of the first three though in 10 starts.
Chester winner who was quietly fancied for the Oaks but could finish only 4th, and would probably prefer softer ground.
Secret Gesture 10/1
Best runs have arguably come at York though not conclusive that she won’t run up to her best here, which might be good enough.
Tamadhor, Mutatis Mutandis, Pollyana
The three outsiders look up against it here, and aren’t expected to figure in what looks a stellar renewal.
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With older horses having much the better record, despite having to give 12lb to the 3-year-olds, Brooch, Secret gesture and Ribbons are of most interest. However, a chance is taken on Brooch who has yet to be beaten and, if her beating of Amazing Maria is taken at face value, she could be really useful.
1 point each-way Brooch @ 5/1 (Paddy Power, Betfair Sportsbook)