Pretty Polly Stakes Guide

1. Magic Wand

Trainer - Aidan O'Brien

Jockey - Donnacha O'Brien

The first runner of the day is the first of Aidan O'Brien's assault on the race with three potential runners in the contest and this four year old filly will have to step up from her recent performances to win this but certainly has each way claims.

Magic Wand last season won some nice races including the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot but more recently has become hard to win with placing in many of her events.

She has been tried internationally and it did not work out but she finished a good second last time out in the Listed Wolferton at the Royal meeting and if being fresh could enter the each-way places again.

2. Who's Steph

Trainer - Ger Lyons

Jockey - Colin Keane

Next is Who's Steph for trainer Ger Lyons who looks to be one of the outsiders in this strong field of fillies and mares but comes into the race in some strong form.

She has only been outside the top two places in one of her last nine runs, going on to win five of them which is very impressive.

However, these performances have come in much lesser races than this and big step up will be needed for her to enter calculations

She will have ground that suits which is a bonus but with only two places on offer might struggle.

3. Wild Illusion

Trainer - Charlie Appleby

Jockey - James Doyle

The only Godolphin runner in the field and one of the few English raiders in the contest is the highly talented Wild Illusion who had a superb season last year.

She picked up the Group One Nassau Stakes at Goodwood and backed that up with another black type win in France with the Prix de l'Opera Longines at the Arc meeting.

She started her four-year-old campaign off in France in another Group One and finished a weak sixth but she looked like she needed the run and if getting back to her best is definitely one to watch.

4. Worth Waiting

Trainer - David Lanigan

Jockey - Frankie Dettori

Worth Waiting looks a very progressive horse that sees the inform Franke Dettori jump on-board which is always a positive and will be boosted by the statistic that she has only finished outside the top two once in her eight-race career.

The four-year-old started her campaign in great style by landing the Group Two Dahlia Stakes and off the back of that prep run she should be ready to give another bold showing in this one.

5. Happen

Trainer - Aidan O'Brien

Jockey - Seamie Heffernan

The second of the Ballydoyle team and the outsider of the contest is Happen who looks to be outclassed in this field of runners off the premise of her last run in the Coronation Stakes.

Two starts ago over seven furlongs she just got up on the line to score in an ordinary contest at the Curragh but when she was bumped up to Group One company at Royal Ascot last week she was out of her depth and it looks like it will be more of the same on Friday.

6. Iridessa

Trainer - Joseph O'Brien

Jockey - Wayne Lordan

The only runner from Joseph O'Brien's yard is his star filly Iridessa who has been in and around the frame on her last few runs but will need a career best to go and win this one.

Last season she landed the Group One Fillies Mile at Newmarket in what was her best performance to date and if matching that again could be interesting but this race looks tough from her point of view.

7. Pink Dogwood

Trainer - Aidan O'Brien

Jockey - Ryan Moore

The outright favourite for Aidan O'Brien is Pink Dogwood who truly looks the one to beat off the back of what the three-year-old has done this season.

She started the season off at Navan winning a Listed event with ease and then she went on to finish a narrow second in the Group One Epsom Oaks which looks decent form.

Just outstayed by Anapurna, she is dropping in trip to 1m2f but this should still see her go well and there would have to be a huge performance from the rest of the field if she is on song come Friday.

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