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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Battle of the sexes: Guineas favourites Pollyanna and Calyx to clash in Morny

Pretty Pollyanna: will take on Coventry winner Calyx in the Prix Morny
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Pretty Pollyanna, favourite for the 1,000 Guineas, is set to face 2,000 Guineas favourite Calyx in the Prix Morny at Deauville next month.

The daughter of Oasis Dream, who was a seven-length winner of the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket this month, has won two of her three starts for trainer Michael Bell and is a best priced 16-1 for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas next year. She replaced previous favourite Goddess at the head of the market following the Ballydoyle filly's flop at Leopardstown on Thursday night.

In a bold move she will now attempt to bring the unbeaten record of Calyx, who landed the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, to an end on August 19. 

Bell, who won the Prix Morny in 1994 with Hoh Magic, said: "We are taking the brave route and taking on Calyx. She would have a penalty in the Lowther while the Cheveley Park is a long way off."

Pretty Pollyanna, who reversed form with Royal Ascot conqueror Main Edition at Newmarket, will be making a first foray into Group 1 company in the 6f contest.

She is 7-4 in a match bet with John Gosden's Calyx, who Paddy Power make 2-5.

Calyx: the 2,000 Guineas favourite heads to the Prix Morny
Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield said: "The juvenile division is still relatively early in its infancy with a lot of the expensive pedigree horses still to emerge.

"But the Morny could be an absolute crackerjack with the 2,000 Guineas favourite looking likely to take on one of the leading 1,000 Guineas contenders. This race could help establish whether the two-year-old colts are better than the fillies."

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We are taking the brave route and taking on Calyx. She would have a penalty in the Lowther and the Cheveley Park is a long way off
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