Oxx hoping for Grace at the Curragh
John Oxx has high hopes his promising filly Sea Of Grace can continue on an upward curve in the Flame Of Tara European Breeders Fund Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
John Oxx: Trains Sea Of Grace
It is seven years since Sea The Stars kept Oxx at the pinnacle of the game for a never-to-be-forgotten summer with a string of Group One wins, and Sea Of Grace is close to his heart being a daughter of Born To Sea, a half-brother to Sea The Stars.
The way she won a Tipperary maiden on her second start suggested she had a bright future.
"She likes a bit of ease in the ground so we're hoping for a few showers," said Oxx.
"Her form looks strong all the way through. The first maiden in which she was third had Rehana and Rhododendron (Group Two winner) and then filly she beat last time, Eziyra, beat Hydrangea next time and that one was second to Rhododendron in a Group Two.
"She certainly deserves to take her chance in a race like this.
"We had intended to run her in the Debutante last week, but she just had a very minor setback which would have prevented her from running to 100 per cent.
"We were lucky that a race like this came along just a week later.
"There's a chance she might prefer seven furlongs at this stage rather than a mile, but we have to go really.
"We've left her in the Moyglare, the Group Ones close early so they are always specualtive entries but she has always shown us from the word go that she's a smart filly.
"We'll just take one step at a time, though.
"I've only got two by Born To Sea and the other (Born To Be) runs in the Round Tower."
Dermot Weld saddles Eziyra, while Aidan O'Brien has declared Bound and Butterflies.
Jessica Harrington's Madame Cherie,
Jim Bolger's Legitimus and David Wachman's newcomer Pocketfullofdreams complete the field.