Ribblesdale date likely for Alive Alive Oh

Alive Alive Oh is in line to make her next appearance in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Ribblesdale date likely for Alive Alive Oh

Tommy Stack’s promising filly has the Darley Irish Oaks as her main aim in the summer but the Ascot event fits nicely into her schedule.

There is a possibility she could stay at home for the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on June 30, but connections are favouring a trip to Ascot 10 days earlier at this stage.

Stack’s son and assistant Fozzy said: “She’s very well at the moment and has a couple of options.

“She could either go to Ascot or go to the Curragh, but at this stage I’d say we’re more likely to be heading for the Ribblesdale.

“I’d say good ground wouldn’t be a problem for her.

“Her main aim is the Irish Oaks when a few of the Epsom fillies will no doubt be there. The winner might have been 20-1 (Talent), but she was impressive.

“I wouldn’t swap ours for anything else in the race, though.”

Meanwhile, trainer Kevin Prendergast hopes La Collina will be “hard to beat” when she chases a second Group One in the Oxigen Enviromental Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.

Winner of the Phoenix Stakes against colts as a juvenile, the four-year-old filly has failed to find the target since, but has run some excellent races in defeat, most recently chasing home Chigun in the Group Three Abu Dhabi Stakes.

“I think she’s come on again from her last run and I hope she’ll be hard to beat in the Pretty Polly.”

* Jockey David Nolan has been banned for ten days after appearing to stop riding on Petrol, who finished second in the 1m4f handicap at Ripon last evening.

The 7-2 joint-favourite looked a likely winner after shooting clear in the straight, but was beaten a neck by Chankillo under Tom Queally

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