Oxx aware of Baliyana task

JOHN Oxx admits Baliyana is up against it in the Ballygallon Stud Debutante Stakes at the Curragh tomorrow.

The Group Two contest has attracted a host of well-regarded fillies, including Jim Bolger’s Albany Stakes winner Cuis Ghaire and Dermot Weld’s impressive Galway scorer Rare Ransom.

But Baliyana comes with a pretty tall reputation herself and was sent off 11-10 favourite for her debut, in which she finished third behind the reopposing Oui Say Oui. “She’s shown us a bit at home. She had a run a month ago over six furlongs and ran well so she’ll be happier over seven,” said Oxx. “We don’t know how she’d handle it if the ground got very soft, we would have to find out.

“Hopefully she will be in the shake-up but there are a couple of nice fillies such as Jim Bolger’s Ascot winner (Cuis Ghaire) and Rare Ransom, who they think a lot of. We’ve also go a bit to catch up on Oui Say Oui, who beat us last time.”

David Wachman fears conditions may not be suitable for Miss Puss – although he expects her not to be disgraced. “The ground might be a bit slow for her, but she should run OK,” said Wachman.

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