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Timeform Irish Preview: Skiffle looking to get back on track at the Curragh
Ben Fearnley previews the group racing at the Curragh on Sunday, which features the return of Skiffle in the Group 3 Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes.
The most interesting of the trio of Group 3 races at the Curragh on Sunday is probably the Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes. Snow Fairy, whose best form came over trips of 10 furlongs and beyond, never ran in this particular race (over nine furlongs), though she did win the Irish Oaks at this track in 2010.
Sunday’s race sees Skiffle (104) having her first start since she ran disappointingly in the Oaks at Epsom in June. Though she was sent off the 6/1 second favourite that day, she had to come a long way in a short time after making her debut less than a month earlier at Ascot, and she ultimately found the race all too much for her; she got worked up in the preliminaries and then failed to settle for two-thirds of the race. Clearly highly regarded, she is worth another chance to confirm the promise of win in the listed Height of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood in May.
Skiffle will again meet Somehow (106+), who also ran in the Oaks at Epsom as well as in the Irish equivalent, on Sunday and drops in trip in a bid to give Aidan O’Brien a third win in this race since 2012. Somehow looked set to win a Group 3 over a mile and a half at Cork earlier this month, hitting the front inside the final two furlongs only to be headed close home by her stablemate Best In The World. That was still an improved effort on Timeform ratings for Somehow, and she has continued to progress steadily this season after her win in the Cheshire Oaks in May.
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