There’s Something About Mary

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Juliet Foxtrot | Racing Post

Underneath Ballydoyle’s leading juvenile fillies, Godolphin’s Mary Tudor (Ire) (Dawn Approach {Ire}) takes high rank among Ireland’s current crop and would need only marginal improvement on her previous efforts to break her maiden in the G3 CL & MF Weld Park S. at Naas on Sunday. Only two peers have had her measure in two starts so far and they are Magical (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Happily (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), with the former in front on her Cork debut on Aug. 8 and when taking the G2 Debutante S. in which she was third over this trip at The Curragh 12 days later. “Mary Tudor is in great form and I am expecting her to run well,” trainer Willie McCreery commented. “The only question mark is the ground, as I am not sure how she will cope with really soft conditions, but hopefully there won’t be too much more rain ahead of Sunday.”

Ballydoyle’s main contender appears to be the Sept. 14 G2 May Hill S. fourth Sizzling (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), while Charlie Hills has added intrigue by bringing over the impressive Goodwood maiden winner Juliet Foxtrot (GB) (Dansili {GB}). Successful by seven lengths over this distance on Sept. 5, Khalid Abdullah’s homebred is another who will not want the ground to dry out. “We will keep an eye on the ground, but it’s soft ground there at the moment and she won on soft ground at Goodwood,” he explained. “She travelled well into her last race and picked up nicely. We are upping her in class, but hopefully she should be up to it. In that ground, she probably went through it better than the others.”

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