Willie McCreery vies to rule at Curragh with Mary Tudor

Fri 31 Aug 2018

Willie McCreery admits Sea Of Class’ win in the Yorkshire Oaks last week bodes well ahead of Mary Tudor’s run in the Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday.

Mary Tudor finished third to Sea Of Class in the Irish Oaks in July and her trainer was delighted to have seen the form franked on the Knavesmire.

“It was pleasing to see Sea Of Class win so well last week,” said McCreery.

“Mary Tudor seems in great form and this race seemed the perfect one to lead us into Irish Champions Weekend and the Blandford Stakes.

“The ground should be lovely. The trip is a little bit short of her best but she did run well over 10 furlongs at Navan and Naas earlier in the season.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how she gets on.”

Adorable has been sent to Ireland by Mick Channon, who had a near-miss on Thursday evening at Tipperary with Dan’s Dream.

She was last seen in France finishing a fine third in a Group Three, having won a Listed race at Longchamp in June. In between she found the ground too fast in the Coronation Stakes.

“She ran a blinder in France. We don’t want the ground to dry out too much but she’s in good form.” said Channon.

Archie Watson’s Snowy Winter is back again having won a Listed race at Gowran.

Sir Michael Stoute saddles Desert Diamond, who easily defeated Snowy Winter on her last start at York in July.

Turret Rocks and Espere, winner of three of her four races to date, ensure there is plenty of strength in depth to the Group Three.

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