Flashy Wings set to bypass Curragh

FLASHY WINGS, ante-post favourite for next year’s 1000 Guineas, is unlikely to take up her engagement in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

The daughter of Zafonic is the 8-1 market leader with both William Hill and Ladbrokes for the Newmarket Classic after winning each of her four starts to date.

She is an eyecatching entry for trainer Mick Channon, particularly as the €168,600 race would represent a first step up to seven furlongs.

However, Flashy Wings is a doubtful runner with connections planning to head for the Sky Bet Cheveley Park Stakes on September 29 instead.

Joe Mercer, racing manager to owner Jaber Abdullah, said: “I don’t think she will run. It’s just a precautionary entry which gives us more options but I would say the Cheveley Park is very likely at this stage.”

Rumplestiltskin could try to underline her own Classic credentials in the Group One event.

Aidan O’Brien’s filly is as low as 12-1 with Ladbrokes and William Hill for the Guineas after an impressive two-length success in the Debutante Stakes.

The Danehill filly is one of three entries for the Ballydoyle handler as he also has Lowther third Beauty Bright and once-raced Race For The Stars.

Although Flashy Wings could miss out, Channon could still be represented through Almost Spinning, while Clive Brittain has entered Lowther fourth Lonely Ahead.

John Gosden’s Pure Illusion, the Barry Hills-trained Spinning Queen and Stan Moore’s Dont Dili Dali complete a six-strong British entry in a field of 17.

Coral meanwhile have priced up Azamour as their even-money favourite to achieve back-to-back victories in the Baileys Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday week.

John Oxx’s colt has already landed the King George and Prince of Wales’s Stakes this season, and just got the verdict over Norse Dancer in last year’s renewal of the 10-furlong Group One.

Derby winner Motivator is the 5-2 next best ahead of Oratorio, his conqueror in the Eclipse, in what is expected to be a small-field affair.

“What the race lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality, and Azamour versus Motivator will be billed as one of the clashes of the season”, said Simon Clare, Coral Spokesman.

“Azamour deserves to be favourite after his Group One double earlier in the season, but Motivator will have plenty of supporters, especially as Frankie Dettori looks increasingly likely to take the ride.”

Baileys Irish Champion Stakes betting:

Coral: Evens Azamour, 5-2 Motivator, 9-2 Oratorio, 6-1 Powerscourt, 12-1 Norse Dancer.

Channel 4 have confirmed their intention to show live coverage of the Ladbrokes St Leger on Saturday week.

Some reports had suggested the channel were either going to show a recording of the final Classic of the season or drop it entirely due to coverage of the fifth and deciding Ashes Test.

Racing has had to take a backseat on previous Saturdays during the thrilling cricket series but Channel 4 have underlined their commitment to showing the Doncaster race live.

A spokesperson said: “We will be incorporating the St Leger into our schedule and we have no intention of not showing the race.

“We have discussed the issue with the Doncaster management and the Leger is due to go off at 3.25, which will fit in well with our other coverage.”

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