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Songbird soars in Delaware

The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro has been in phenomenal form winning 11 out of the 12 races. Owned by Fox Hill Farm, this race horse is a favorite to win at Delaware. Songbird has an inane one length win at Belmont Park in the Grade one Ogden Phipps. Rick Porter, the owner of Fox Hill Farm, has tasted defeat before in 2011, when his horse, Blind Luck lost by a whisker Havre de Grace. Songbird’s trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has full confidence in his horse. Songbird and her rider Mike Smith will look to add more to their purse by winning the Delaware race. She faces competition from five others, including the winner of Grade one, Weep No More. Another one which has a shot at winning is Martini Glass.

 

The star of Sapphire Stakes- Marsha

The winner of last year’s Prix de l’Abbaye, Marsha is a sure shot favorite for the race at the Curragh on Saturday. This young horse trained by Sir Mark Prescott has been in good form as of late winning the Longholes Palace House Stakes. She faces competition from Tony Coyle’s Caspian Prince, Fashion Queen from David O’Meara and Final Venture of Paul Midgley. Marsha ridden by Luke Morris will be looking to regain the group two Friarstown Stud Sapphire Stakes after finishing third at the Royal Ascot. Aside from the probable, other entrees are Washington DC, Moviesta and Hit the Bid. Gordon Lord Byron, the winner of the Qatar Minstrel Stakes, will be looking to score an upset victory.

 

Enable will face O’ Brien at the Curragh

Aiden O’Brien has confirmed that his two horses Rain Goddess and Alluringly will participate in the Darley Irish Oak. O’Brien has won the fillies’ classic five times and sure will be looking forward to a sixth. Rain Goddess will go for the half mile for the first time. Alluringly, on the other hand, has not enjoyed much success finishing third and sixth in her previous races. John Oxx will be looking to add more wins to his tally. He won twice in ’97 and ’98 but not after that. The star of the race is Enable, who is looking the English Irish Oaks double.

 

Permian to compete again at Saint Cloud field

Permian is one of the horses added to the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris. The group two winner was included in the first group alongside Italian Mac Mahon. Permian is hoping for a turnaround after failing to impress in the Investec Derby. Permian was added to the Premier Classic after winning the Dante Stakes an again at King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. Permian’s team believes the horse is in good form and they are also eyeing Grand Prix de Saint Cloud later. 

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