O’Brien Filly ‘After’ Group 3 Triumph

July 10, 2012

All eyes will be on the Aidan O’Brien-trained After who looks likely to be sent off favorite to land the lucrative pot on Tuesday afternoon and Fairyhouse have managed to save their seven-race Flat card, featuring the €77,500 Group 3 Brownstown Stakes.

Later in the week, After was entered in the Group 1 Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket but the Ballydoyle maestro has made a decision to head to Fairyhouse instead with his daughter of Danehill Dancer. Last time, Marvada was agonizingly denied by the classy Alanza at Leopardstown and she looks the biggest threat among After’s five opponents.

Speaking about her chances, Ken Condon said that they had always been careful before not to run her on soft ground, but the rain came on raceday at Leopardstown last time and she ended up running very well against a smart filly in Alanza. Condon added that soft ground was loose and was heavy is a different story, but she is very well and think the trip is ideal. A turning track is also something she certainly liked.

Singing Bird proved soft to heavy ground was no problem whatsoever when winning a maiden at the Curragh in May and Caprella is another who has handled testing conditions. She is set for just her third run.

Trainer Paul Deegan said that on ratings she has an awful lot to do. She does seem to handle a dig in the ground better than most though and on that ground, strange things can happen. He added that on her homework, she is at least a Listed filly, but at this stage, they would be delighted with third and some blacktype. That would be as good as a win for them.

Kevin Prendergast-trained Bulbul completes the field. At the Curragh, Bulbul was beaten almost five lengths into second on her latest Group 3 outing on ground described as soft to heavy. It would not be the biggest surprise if Adrian McGuinness’ stable star returned to the winner’s enclosure after the Family Day Sunday 15th July Handicap (2.35pm), although Bubbly Bellini’s winning sequence may have ended at the Curragh on Irish Derby weekend.

Warwick Avenue is likely to be all the rage following his impressive win at the Curragh and just four enter the stalls for the Follow Fairyhouse On Facebook Rated Race (4.05pm).

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