Hooray to benefit from drop in class

THE classy Hooray should prove tough to beat in the listed Fairy Bridge Stakes in Tipperary tonight.

Mark Prescott’s filly, successful at listed level at Epsom in June, is talking a significant drop in class, having shown plenty of speed before finishing seventh behind Society Rock in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Earlier she filled eighth spot in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas, won by Blue Bunting, at Newmarket.

She must carry a 7lb. penalty for her emphatic win in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket last autumn but the ‘Fairy Bridge’ affords Hooray a good opportunity to return to winning form.

The Tommy Stack-trained Lolly For Dolly must also carry a similar penalty, following her win in the Group 2 Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot but is still one to note as are the John Oxx-trained Alanza, a listed winner at Cork last time and set to renew rivalry with Wild Wind, and Kevin Prendergast’s Rose Bonheur.

Beaten a couple of necks in the seven-furlong maiden won by Tiffilia at Naas, the progressive, John Oxx-trained Buffalo Billy might make it third time lucky in the Camas Park Stud 2-Y-0 Maiden, with Aidan O’Brien’s Requisition an obvious threat.

Earlier, the O’Brien-trained Eagle Canyon, in the frame in eight of his eleven career starts, might belatedly get off the mark in the five-furlong Meadowview Stables Maiden.

Meanwhile, the legendary Lester Piggott will be in Bellewstown to witness a ‘Legends’ race, part of a fund-raising drive to erect a statue of Arkle in Ashbourne.

In the regular action, Willie Mullins should land the www.angloprinters.ie Hurdle with Inspector Clouseau, a creditable third to Double Seven in a competitive handicap in Galway last time and favoured by the conditions of this event.

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