British raiders target Pretty Polly Stakes

New Morning and Red Bloom form a two-pronged British attack on Saturday’s Group One Audi Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.

New Morning and Red Bloom form a two-pronged British attack on Saturday’s Group One Audi Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.

The former, who is trained by Michael Jarvis, was last seen in action when winning the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown while Michael Stoute’s Red Bloom won the Listed Pipalong Stakes on her most recent start.

A total of 11 fillies have been declared for the 10-furlong contest and it is the Jim Bolger-trained Alexander Goldrun who heads the home defence.

The four-year-old was third in the Singapore Cup last time out and she will be joined by two Aidan O’Brien-trained representatives in All Too Beautiful and Mona Lisa, who makes a quick reappearance after running at York last week.

Saoire represents this year’s Classic form in the race as she has her first start since winning the Irish 1000 Guineas last month.

The filly was partnered by Mick Kinane on that occasion but it will be Fran Berry who takes over on Frances Crowley’s charge at the weekend.

Berry told At The Races: “It was a great win last time. She showed she was tough and battled really well.

“All she could do was win and they’ve been saying all year that there’s more improvement to come when she steps up in trip.

“For her to win a Group One over a mile is very encouraging and hopefully when she steps up she can improve again.

“Three-year-olds against four-year-olds at this time of year can be a tough nut to crack though.”

Dermot Weld runs both Dream To Dress and Noahs Ark while the line-up is completed by John Oxx’s Hazarista, Chelsea Rose and the German-trained Elopa.

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