Pipes tuned up for Blue Wind
Trainer Andrew Slattery reports his star mare Creggs Pipes to be 'ready to rock' for her latest big-race assignment in Saturday's Irish Stallion Farms EBF Blue Wind Stakes at the Curragh.
The five-year-old enjoyed a fantastic campaign in 2016, progressing through the handicap ranks with four victories including a lucrative success at last summer's Galway Festival.
She could only finish fifth on her seasonal reappearance in a Listed event at Gowran Park, but Slattery expects his charge to raise her game in this weekend's Group Three contest.
"She ran well in Gowran. Declan (McDonogh) felt he was going to be third that day, but she just took a blow at the furlong pole," said the Thurles-based trainer.
"We feel she's improved since then and we were delighted with how she worked on Tuesday morning, so she's ready to rock.
"She won at the Curragh last year, so she won't mind the track and she goes on any ground.
"We'll have a crack at it and we're looking forward to it."
Creggs Pipes reopposes four fillies who also contested the same race at Gowran Park a fortnight ago. Tony Martin's Laganore finished third, Jessica Harrington's Beautiful Morning was fourth, the Jim Bolger-trained Turret Rocks was sixth and Chilli Spice from Johnny Murtagh's yard was eighth.
Laganore has won five of her 15 starts including a Listed prize at Newmarket last October.
Martin said: "Laganore only ran two weeks ago but she seems to have taken her race in Gowran Park well.
"She has won on that sort of ground before and as long as it's not too firm, it shouldn't be a problem for her.""
Bolger has a second string to his bow in Cirin Toinne, while Aidan O'Brien is also double-handed with Butterflies and Key To My Heart both declared.
The nine-strong field is completed by the John Oxx-trained Flying Fairies.