O'Brien out to capture elusive Group 1

Roly Poly (pictured) and Brave Anna bid to give O’Brien a first win

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham (Racingpost.com/photos)  

 By Tony O’Hehir 11:00AM 24 SEP 2016 

THE Cheveley Park Stakes is one of the few Group 1s missing from Aidan O’Brien’s portfolio of top-level prizes and Roly Poly or Brave Anna will be attempting to fill that void today.


A daughter of War Front and multiple Group 1 winner Misty For Me, Roly Poly goes into this as the winner of three of her six starts, with two of her victories having come at Pattern level.

Winner of the Group 3 Grangecon Stud Stakes at the Curragh and the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket, the Ballydoyle filly finished second in the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York.

O’Brien said: “Roly Poly is a hardy, consistent filly. We’ve been happy with her since York and she’s going there in good form.”

While Brave Anna’s last two runs have been disappointing, O’Brien believes dropping back from seven furlongs will suit the Albany Stakes winner.

He said: “She had a good break after her Royal Ascot win. We think going seven furlongs might have caught her out and that dropping back in trip will help.”

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