Skiffle avoiding rain dance

View from connections ahead of the Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

Skiffle (right) needs the rain to stay away in Ireland

Charlie Appleby is keeping his fingers crossed the rain clouds stay away from the Curragh so Skiffle can take her chance in the Snow Fairy Stakes on Sunday.

The three-year-old is likely to have her final start of the season in the nine-furlong Group Three, provided conditions at the County Kildare track are suitable.

Skiffle has not been seen since she finished fifth in the Oaks at Epsom in June, but the Newmarket handler reports the daughter of Dubawi in good shape.

He said: "We are going to take a look at the Snow Fairy Stakes in Ireland on Sunday and the plan is to go there.

"The ground is on the easy side and we will be just keeping an eye on the forecast as we wouldn't want the ground too testing.

"It could have been a combination of things at Epsom. She had three quick runs and was stepping up in grade a good bit.

"She didn't gallop out the mile and a half and there was a question that the ground may have been too soft.

"She has had a nice break and looks good for it. We are dropping her back in trip and that should help her."

Planchart will be taking a step back up in trip, having claimed a Listed race over seven furlongs at last month's Galway Festival.

Trainer Andrew Slattery feels he has never had the daughter of Gio Ponti in better shape.

He said: "I'd say she's come on again since Galway.

"Her work is after improving and I think she is well capable of lining up in Sunday's race.

"She is in the Matron Stakes on Champions Weekend and might head back to it, but ahead of this Sunday I have never had her as well."

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