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Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Moore on I Can Fly as filly bids for compensation for luckless Tipperary run

I Can Fly: an impressive winner of the Racing Post Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes at Killarney
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Clipper Logistics Boomerang Stakes
6.00 Leopardstown 
1m | Group 2 | 3yo+ | RTE2/ATR

Not since Steinbeck, renamed Pure Champion after being sold to Hong Kong, in 2010 has Aidan O'Brien managed to plunder this prize and that was when it was known as the Solonaway Stakes and run at the Curragh with Group 3 status. 

It has since been upgraded to a Group 2 and moved to Leopardstown, but O'Brien has been out of luck lately with Sir John Lavery (2017) and Hit It A Bomb (2016), both beaten short-priced favourites. 

This time O'Brien must believe there is safety in numbers as he is responsible for three of the 11 runners, including recent runaway Irish Cambridgeshire winner Kenya, who steps out of handicap company and looks ready for the challenge on the evidence of what we saw from him at the Curragh.

"Kenya has been in good form since his Irish Cambridgeshire win. A mile seems to suit well and we're very happy with him," O'Brien said.

Ryan Moore is on I Can Fly and he will be hoping her luck changes after the filly got caught in bad traffic at Tipperary last time. Wide-margin Gowran Park maiden winner Prepare For Battle is the other Ballydoyle representative in the line-up.

O'Brien said: "I Can Fly was slowly away at Tipperary last time and didn't have any luck in running. We're very happy with her.

"Prepare For Battle won his maiden well at Gowran and has done well since. He's a colt who will stay further than a mile."

Making Light loves Leopardstown. She has won two of her three starts at the track and finished third in the other. Her most recent victory in the Listed Platinum Stakes at Cork was arguably her most impressive display as she dished out a three-length beating to Pincheck, who renews rivalry. 

Weld, who has decided to run the daughter of Tamayuz here rather than tackle Alpha Centauri in the Matron Stakes, said: "Making Light is a very consistent filly who always runs her race and I have been thrilled with the way she has progressed this season."

Making Light: a real course specialist

Fozzy Stack is double-handed with Zihba, who was successful on his first three starts, and Alexios Komnenos, who got within a neck of Churchill in the Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown as a juvenile. 

Stack said: "Zihba needed the run last time and I think he will strip a good deal fitter for that run. He seems in good form at home since. 

"I know Alexios Komnenos has been a bit disappointing this season but I just thought in his last few bits of work that he might be coming back to himself. He seems to be in better shape now and fingers crossed he can return to some of his old form."


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I Can Fly was slowly away at Tipperary last time and didn't have any luck in running. We're very happy with her
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