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Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Haggas looking to One Master for third Irish Group success this season

Colm O'Donoghue is on duty for William Haggas at Tipperary
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5.55 Tipperary
Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes (Group 3) | 3yo+ fillies and mares | 7f100yds | ATR

William Haggas has a 50 per cent strike rate in Ireland this season having achieved Group 1 success with Sea Of Class and Urban Fox at the Curragh, and One Master will be attempting to land another Pattern race success for the trainer in Thursday's Tipperary feature.

The ground at Tipperary on Wednesday was yielding and Haggas, who has booked Colm O'Donoghue for the four-year-old, said: "One Master has been crying out for seven furlongs and suitable ground, so I hope this is the right race for her after running really well at Goodwood last time."

One Master, who finished fourth behind stablemate Pretty Baby in the Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood, was a dual winner last season, both times on easy ground.

William Haggas's Irish raids have proved successful this season
The Group 3 prize went to Britain for the first time 12 months ago when Realtra scored for Roger Varian and joining One Master in the line-up is Dan's Dream, whose trainer Mick Channon said: "She's in good form and we have the ground she's been looking for. I don't know that she has the best of draws (13 of 13) but she'll give it her best shot."

A revival in fortunes for Aidan O'Brien's team has been evident in the past ten days and one of his recent winners, I Can Fly, is one of two Ballydoyle representatives.

Winner of the Listed Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes at Killarney ten days ago, I Can Fly is joined by Could It Be Love, a beaten favourite three times since running second in the Irish 1,000 Guineas in May.

O'Brien said yesterday: "I Can Fly came out of her Killarney race well and we're happy with her. Could It Be Love has had a short break since running second at Naas last month and is ready to start back. She seems in good form."

I Can Fly: an impressive winner of the Racing Post Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes at Killarney

Dermot Weld won three consecutive runnings of the race between 2014-2016 and he is represented by Yulong Gold Fairy, winner of the Listed Corrib Stakes at the Galway festival, and Sorelle Delle Rose.

Weld said: "Yulong Gold Fairy is a consistent, genuine filly who won well at Galway. She's in good form and I expect a very good run from her. She has shown that she appreciates ease. Sorelle Delle Rose is a three-time winner and has shown she's adaptable in terms of ground. We're hoping she might get some black type."

Petticoat, who finished fourth behind I Can Fly at Killarney, is one of three runners for Michael Halford, who said yesterday: "She came out of the Killarney race well and seems in great form. I think she can improve on her Killarney effort.

"We also run Surrounding and Vivianite and while they have plenty to do on ratings, we're running them in the hope one of them might get some black type."

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One Master has been crying out for seven furlongs and suitable ground, so I hope this is the right race for her
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