Dunlop favouring Fairy Eclipse run

Ed Dunlop is favouring the Coral-Eclipse over the bet365 Lancashire Oaks for Snow Fairy as the multiple Group One winner returns to action this weekend.

Ed Dunlop is favouring the Coral-Eclipse over the bet365 Lancashire Oaks for Snow Fairy as the multiple Group One winner returns to action this weekend.

Despite the prospect of coming up against two of the best horses in Europe in Workforce and So You Think, Dunlop is not afraid of taking them on.

She was supposed to run in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh last weekend but was pulled out on account of the soft ground.

“She went to Ireland and back in a short period of time and it won’t be until Thursday morning that we make a decision whether she’ll run in either race, but I’m favouring Sandown,” said Dunlop.

“The ground should suit. She’ll have a small blow-out tomorrow. If that goes well and we are happy, we will run.

“She has beaten the colts but that was a long time ago. It will be her first run after her injury and of course she will improve for the run, but not that much.

“She went 12 hours to Ireland, spent an hour there and then it was 12 hours back all in the space of 36 hours so it was a long journey, but don’t forget she’s been to Hong Kong, Japan and Ireland before so she’s used to it.

“The other two are two of the best horses in Europe. The race is what it is, we have to start somewhere and it’s not the be-all-and-end-all,” he told At The Races.

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