McCreery hoping that magic wand will work with Perle De La Mer
Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial | Group 3 | 1m, 3yo | ATR
Willie McCreery's magic wand seems to work best with fillies and he is hoping to pull another rabbit out of his hat with wide-margin Galway maiden winner Perle De La Mer.
The daughter of Born To Sea was backed into 7-2 for her debut in a 7f maiden on soft ground at Galway last September and could hardly have been more impressive in putting six and a half lengths between herself and nearest pursuer Stormy Belle.
Although she was only fifth of ten behind Eziyra in the Group 3 Weld Park Stakes at the Curragh on her second start, her future still looks bright and McCreery is hopeful of a bold showing.
"She seems in great from but this will be the quickest ground she's ever run on," he said. "It's a great opportunity for her to pick up some black type. She'll love the mile and we have to run."
This is a terribly tricky puzzle to solve. All six runners are officially rated between 88 and 99 and the filly with the highest mark has not even won a race yet.
Bean Feasa remains a maiden after five starts but has bumped into a few stars along the way and her return to action at Gowran Park last Sunday was very encouraging. She could have more to offer.
Given the number of top-class three-year-old fillies Aidan O'Brien has at his disposal, for him to throw Asking and Elizabeth Browning into the mix speaks volumes.
O'Brien said: "It took a long time for Elizabeth Browning to come good last season but she ran well in the Athasi Stakes first time out this year and we think stepping up to a mile should suit.
"Asking won her maiden at Dundalk before finishing second in a winners' race there. We think she's progressing and we're happy with both of them."
Holy Cat looked to have the world at her feet after she scooted clear to win a 6f maiden at the track last August and, while she has disappointed twice since at a higher level, it is far too soon to right her off.
The six-runner field is completed by Dundalk maiden winner Shes Ranger from the Adrian Murray stable.