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Yulong Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1) (Fillies & Mares)

  • Prize money: £156637.17
  • 1m 2f 0y
  • 9 runners
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Yulong Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1) (Fillies & Mares)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

15/8 (Won)

Form: /421-1 D

Last run: 55 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced; showed improved form in Group 3 races last autumn for new yard, finishing a close second at Newmarket then going one better at Toulouse; improvement strongly sustained with returning victory in 1m1f Group 2 event at Newmarket in early-May; up 8lb to 115 for that, making her the highest-rated runner in the field.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

6

(9)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

15:45 Ascot

Via Sistina

9st 4lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: George Boughey

awkward start, in rear, good headway on outer from 3f out, pressed leaders under 2f out, led when jockey dropped whip over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, headed towards finish

8/1

3rd

6

(8)

14th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket (July)

Via Sistina

9st 9lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: George Boughey

Lightly raced 5yo who was an easy Group 2 winner on the Rowley Mile in May (1m1f, soft) and followed up in the Group 1 Pretty Polly at the Curragh (1m2f, good) a fortnight ago, when hanging right and hampering rivals; there can be optimism she will be fully effective at 1m and she's the one to beat on form; has run just once on fast ground, when showing promise on debut.

13/8

1st

7

(3)

1st Jul 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

15:25 Curragh

Via Sistina

9st 10lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: George Boughey

Lightly raced; showed improved form in Group 3 races last autumn for new yard, finishing a close second at Newmarket then going one better at Toulouse; improvement strongly sustained with returning victory in 1m1f Group 2 event at Newmarket in early-May; up 8lb to 115 for that, making her the highest-rated runner in the field.

15/8

Form: 1510-5 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Showed improved form and defied trouble in running when winning a 1m3f Group 3 at Newbury last September; reportedly unsuited by the ground (good to soft, soft in places) when tailed off in Ascot Group 1 in October; former tendency to race too keenly resurface when unplaced in 1m2f Group 2 at York on reappearance; tongue-tie may help.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

7

(4)

5th May 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Newmarket

Stay Alert

9st 2lb

J: David Egan

T: Hughie Morrison

Listed/Group 3 winner; her final four runs of last season were at the top table, the best of them when runner-up in the Pretty Polly at the Curragh (1m2f, good); the tongue-tie tried that day was retained afterwards and she wasn't beaten far in either the Yorkshire Oaks (1m4f) or the Prix de l'Opera (1m2f) before unsuited by soft ground on Champions' Day; at this lower level she's a strong contender.

6/1

13th

5

(14)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Stay Alert

9st 7lb

J: David Egan

T: Hughie Morrison

Second in Group 1 Pretty Polly at the Curragh (1m2f, good) and each-way claims on that form, but she wasn't so good in the Yorkshire Oaks or Prix de l'Opera; tongue tied for those last three starts; more to prove at 1m4f (judged on her three attempts at it since a novice win) and on soft ground.

25/1

6th

6

(8)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 1

15:35 York

Stay Alert

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Hughie Morrison

dwelt start

11/1

Form: 137-71 CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Group 1 winner in the Prix Saint-Alary early last season and Group 2 scorer over C&D in the Blandford Stakes, beating Insinuendo by a neck; top-level form also included close-up third in the Prix de l'Opera; bounced back from disappointing C&D return when making almost all for Group 2 win at Saint-Cloud; Ryan Moore deserts Never Ending Story.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

1

(3)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Above The Curve

9st 7lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

pushed along soon after start

9/1

2nd

1

(5)

3rd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Above The Curve

9st 9lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Acts on soft; French Group 1 winner early last season and better form on four occasions since, most notably perhaps when dictating the pace and never seriously threatened in Group 2 at Saint-Cloud in May, when Nashwa failed to fire in fourth; respectable third in Group 1 at the Curragh on latest start; looks set for another prominent finish.

9/1

3rd

1

(9)

1st Jul 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

15:25 Curragh

Above The Curve

9st 10lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Group 1 winner in the Prix Saint-Alary early last season and Group 2 scorer over C&D in the Blandford Stakes, beating Insinuendo by a neck; top-level form also included close-up third in the Prix de l'Opera; bounced back from disappointing C&D return when making almost all for Group 2 win at Saint-Cloud; Ryan Moore deserts Never Ending Story.

5/2

4th
4 (2)
Rosscarbery

5/1

Form: 1245-1 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Five wins last season, including two at Group 3 level; improvement sustained in Group 1 races, notably when just denied in Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville; good fifth in Qipco Fillies & Mares at Ascot, having forced the pace; made winning return in Group 3 event at Cork just over a fortnight ago; seemed to idle; should be better for the run.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

10th

4

(10)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 1

15:35 York

Rosscarbery

9st 9lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

Extremely reliable over the last two seasons, including for two Group 3 wins over 1m4f and one at 1m6f; also showed her form in the 1m2f Group 1 Pretty Polly on penultimate start, albeit 3l behind Stay Alert; unraced on firmer than good; should not be far away.

14/1

2nd

8

(5)

22nd Jul 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 6f 0y

16:20 Curragh

Rosscarbery

9st 8lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

Three-time Group 3 winner; gained the latest of those at Cork last month and as good as ever when fourth in the Group 1 Pretty Polly here three weeks ago; very best form is over shorter trips on quicker ground but she's consistent and hard to rule out.

4/1

4th

4

(2)

1st Jul 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

15:25 Curragh

Rosscarbery

9st 10lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

Five wins last season, including two at Group 3 level; improvement sustained in Group 1 races, notably when just denied in Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville; good fifth in Qipco Fillies & Mares at Ascot, having forced the pace; made winning return in Group 3 event at Cork just over a fortnight ago; seemed to idle; should be better for the run.

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: 321-14 C

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Former German-trained filly; produced best performance when an impressive 6l winner of a Listed race over 1m1f at Hanover last October; proved herself at least as effective over 7f when winning a Group 3 event here on her Irish debut; 1 1/4l behind Insinuendo when fourth in 1m Group 2 event here last time.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

1

(5)

8th May 2024

Heavy

1m 1f 100y

18:50 Gowran Park

Goldana

9st 12lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Formerly trained in Germany; won 7f Group 3 Gladness Stakes against geldings at the Curragh on seasonal/yard debut early last season; highly tried after that; did not quite run to market expectations when third in a 1m Group 3 event at the Curragh on reappearance; landed the odds at Leopardstown four weeks ago; missed an engagement on Monday.

11/10

Form: 43-152 C

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Beaten a similar distance of around 5l by Blue Rose Cen on her final 2yo start, in the Pouliches (bumped early) and again when runner-up in the Prix de Diane; showed last time that she is effective at this trip and well worth her place in this lineup, even if Moore deserts her for Above The Curve.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

9

(2)

10th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

14:25 Curragh

Never Ending Story

9st 2lb

J: Mikey Sheehy

T: A P O’Brien

steadied start, held up in last

8/1

6th

6

(2)

3rd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Never Ending Story

9st 1lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: A P O’Brien

7f Group 3 winner on heavy ground on reappearance; has played supporting roles in six Group 1s, including when 4l second to Blue Rose Cen at Chantilly (10.5f) and a poor last of eight to Nashwa at Newmarket (1m) on latest outing; up against it.

40/1

8th

8

(3)

14th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket (July)

Never Ending Story

9st 0lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Group 3 winner who is Aidan O'Brien's sole representative, so is worth a second look; has run respectably in some Group 1 races but she's 0-5 in such contests and was below par behind Via Sistina in the Pretty Polly last time; others are more compelling.

14/1

Form: 37-143 C

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 10lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

A 1m1f course Group 2 winner in 2021; fine effort when touched off by Luxembourg (who was returning after injury) over C&D last August; beaten a neck by Above The Curve in Blandford Stakes over C&D and third in 1m4f Group 1 Fillies & Mares at Ascot; 1m winner on seasonal debut and has run well in defeat since, though a little below the level of best 2022 form

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

2

(7)

1st Oct 2023

Soft To Heavy

0m 7f 100y

14:40 Tipperary

Insinuendo

9st 9lb

J: Colin Keane

T: W McCreery

midfield, in touch with leaders up the centre over 2f out, went fourth inside final furlong, no impression final 110yds

7/2

7th

2

(8)

10th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

14:25 Curragh

Insinuendo

9st 8lb

J: W J Lee

T: W McCreery

towards rear

16/1

8th

3

(6)

1st Jul 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

15:25 Curragh

Insinuendo

9st 10lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: W McCreery

A 1m1f course Group 2 winner in 2021; fine effort when touched off by Luxembourg (who was returning after injury) over C&D last August; beaten a neck by Above The Curve in Blandford Stakes over C&D and third in 1m4f Group 1 Fillies & Mares at Ascot; 1m winner on seasonal debut and has run well in defeat since, though a little below the level of best 2022 form

8/1

9th
8 (4)
Comhra

16/1

Form: 74-653

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Started the season with sixth of ten behind Insinuendo over 1m here; having looked comparatively exposed she was sent off at 150-1 in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh but posted a huge effort in first-time cheekpieces, finishing third behind Tahiyra and Meditate.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

7

(2)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 0f 30y

17:30 Killarney

Comhra

8st 12lb

J: Rory Cleary

T: J S Bolger

prominent, lost third 2f out, weakened final furlong

7/2

8th

4

(3)

22nd Jul 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 4f 0y

15:45 Curragh

Comhra

9st 2lb

J: Rory Cleary

T: J S Bolger

Stayed on well for third in the Irish 1,000 Guineas; an allergy was used as an excuse for her poor run in the Pretty Polly Stakes when too keen; should stay this new trip and holds each-way claims.

10/1

9th

8

(4)

1st Jul 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

15:25 Curragh

Comhra

9st 0lb

J: Rory Cleary

T: J S Bolger

Started the season with sixth of ten behind Insinuendo over 1m here; having looked comparatively exposed she was sent off at 150-1 in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh but posted a huge effort in first-time cheekpieces, finishing third behind Tahiyra and Meditate.

16/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Above The Curve

TOPSPEED:

Rosscarbery

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Above The Curve

POSTDATA:

Above The Curve

The Irish Sun:

Above The Curve