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Titania to step up at the Curragh
29 Aug 2015 12:12
My Titania bids to get off the mark for the season in the Dance Design Fillies' Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
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The daughter of Sea The Stars has run well twice this year without rediscovering her very best form, which includes an excellent run in last year's Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.
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Trainer John Oxx said: "She's had a lot of setbacks in the last couple of years, but she had a good run up to her previous race and has had a good preparation since.
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"She seems in good form and I'm hoping she can step up a little bit.
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"It's a good race and she has a bit to find with a couple of fillies in the race, but I'm hoping we can recover some of her early promise.
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"The ground is a little bit in the balance. They're forecast sunshine and showers and if we can get more of the sunny variety than the showery variety, that will help the ground improve, which would be in her favour." Trainer Shay Barry believes stable star Akira has a "definite chance".
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The five-year-old has run in Listed or Group Three company on each of her last eight starts and although she is winless during that period, she has run with credit on numerous occasions.
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Barry feels the Acclamation mare was unlucky not to snap a losing run dating back over two years when a close-up fourth at Cork earlier this month and is confident she has what it takes to win at this level if things fall right.
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He said: "Her last couple of runs at Galway and Cork have been pretty good and she was probably unlucky not to win in Cork the last day.
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"She's been in good form since and so long as the ground doesn't get too slow, she has a definite chance of running a big race.
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"Ground on the slow side is fine, she just wouldn't want it too heavy."
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My Titania and Akira are taken on by seven others in the nine-furlong Group Three, including the Dermot Weld-trained Brooch, who beat Akira on a couple of occasions last season.
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Other contenders include Jessica Harrington's Bocca Baciata and Devonshire from Willie McCreery's yard.
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