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Willie McCreery optimistic for Colour Blue in Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes as Killarney

Updated: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 19:27 | Comments

Killarney's four-day festival gets underway on Wednesday
Killarney's four-day festival gets underway on Wednesday

Willie McCreery is optimistic Colour Blue can further showcase her consistent streak when she runs in the Listed Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes at Killarney on Wednesday.

The three-year-old filly was beaten a length into third by Dalkova in a Listed contest at the Galway Festival and was a course and distance winner in May.

McCreery said: "She's a tough little one who does nothing at home. She doesn't need to, though, as she's very clear-winded.

"She ran a blinder in Galway and hopefully it will be nice ground and that will suit her. She has freshened up since Galway.

"My concern is that she is drawn nine of 10 and it will be hard to be prominent.

"I don't want to burn up too much horse. She won over course and distance and zipped round the corners well from the front.

"She has been very consistent. Her only bad run came in Killarney and I wouldn't want her doing that again!"

Mick Halford's Mizzava is the highest-rated horse in the field. She was last seen finishing mid-division in a Group Three at the Curragh in May on soft to heavy ground.

Halford said: "She hasn't been out since May as she had a little issue, but that's sorted and she is in good form and fit and well.

"The good ground isn't a concern as she has form on fast ground in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and at Royal Ascot.
"If she runs up to her rating she should go well."

Dermot Weld's Brooch raised many an eyebrow in Galway with the manner of her nine-and-a-half-length maiden victory and is pitched into this company on just her second start.

Jim Bolger runs Flight Risk, who is also lightly raced. He was fourth in the Group Three Phoenix Sprint Stakes on August 10 on his second racecourse appearance.

Aidan O'Brien has won four of the last five renewals of this race and he relies upon Sparrow, who was unplaced in her last three runs which came at Listed level.

Michael Hussey takes the ride.

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