Creggs Pipes primed for Tipperary test
Andrew Slattery is hoping his progressive filly Creggs Pipes can successfully graduate into Pattern company when she lines-up for the Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary on Thursday.
The four-year-old took her winning run to four when lifting an ultra-competitive handicap at the Galway Festival a month ago.
"If she's Group Three placed, it will be a step forward tomorrow." – Slattery
"She seems good. We'll see how she matches up. It's another step up for her into Group Three company," said the Thurles trainer.
"We're giving it a go. She owes us nothing. She's been in good form since Galway and it looks the ideal race.
"If she's Group Three placed, it will be a step forward tomorrow."
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Michael O'Callaghan is keen to get a run into his classy three-year-old Now Or Never before she steps back up to a Group One, but will check ground conditions first.
Now Or Never's big target is the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on September 10.
O'Callaghan said: "Now Or Never is in great form. She had a decent break after the Coronation at Ascot and we want to get a prep race into her before she goes to the Matron.
"The heavy ground is a bit of a worry, so we will walk the track tomorrow and see what condition it's in, but she's in great form."
Patrick Prendergast has felt obliged to pitch Lina De Vega straight into a Group contest following her debut success in a Curragh maiden in mid-July.
"The ground is softer than I was planning for her, but she's improved," said the County Kildare trainer.
"I entered her in a handicap and failed to achieve a rating so she wasn't allowed to run. It's a big step up after just one run but I think she'll run well.
"If she was to achieve black type on her second run, we'd be delighted."
Completing the five-runner line-up are Dermot Weld's Tanaza and World Of Good from John Murphy's stable.
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