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The Pretty Polly is the highlight of Sunday's card at The Curragh

Updated: Saturday, 29 Jun 2013 13:37 | Comments

Last season's Ribblesdale winner Princess Highway has strong claims in the Pretty Polly
Last season's Ribblesdale winner Princess Highway has strong claims in the Pretty Polly

There's no let-up in quality on the final day of the Irish Derby meeting at the Curragh, with the Oxigen Environmental Pretty Polly Stakes the highlight of another classy card.

Alive Alive Oh went into plenty of notebooks after winning a Listed event with ease last time and has to figure prominently in any calculations, but she is taking on some serious older fillies here.

Last year's Epsom Oaks first and second Was and Shirocco Star lock horns again, but possibly the pick could be La Collina, who beat Princess Highway and Rehn's Nest when second at Naas last month, and was ahead of Was over a mile at this track.

Some Royal Ascot juvenile form gets put to the test in the Group Three Grangecon Stud Stakes as Bye Bye Birdie bids to get back to winning ways after finishing in midfield in the Queen Mary.

Heart Focus was more impressive in Berkshire, though, and the Albany Stakes fourth could prove tough to beat.

Yorkshire Cup first and third Glen's Diamond and Royal Diamond meet again in the At The Races Curragh Cup, but the one they both may have to beat is Voleuse De Coeurs.

Dermot Weld's filly looked a stayer going places when winning the Vintage Crop Stakes and more can be expected again.

If there could be a simple definition for the term 'regally bred', then sired by Galileo out of dam Ouija Board would not be far off the mark.

That is the illustrious pedigree of Australia, who gets his career under way in the opening Barronstown Stud EBF Maiden at 2.05, a race trainer Aidan O'Brien has won with Rip Van Winkle and Duke Of Marmalade among others in recent years.

Recent winner Vastonea takes on Akasaka and Regulation in the Irish Field Handicap, while the Boylesports.com Ladies Derby Handicap pits Katie Walsh on Manuka against Jane Mangan on Eighteen Summers.

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