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'She's back in top form and working as well as ever' - key quotes for the Corrib

Surrounding: won this race in 2019
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Tuesday: 5.45 Galway
Colm Quinn BMW Irish EBF Corrib Fillies & Mares Stakes (Listed) | 7f | 3yo+ | RTE2/RTV

It is hard to envisage the 2021 winner of this Listed prize having the same impact on the season as the 2020 winner had.

Champers Elysees won this by seven lengths last year before landing a Group 3 at Gowran Park and the Group 1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend.

Whether any of this lot are up to that level is debatable, but it is a wide-open renewal and the layers won't be offering skimpy prices about anything. 

Perhaps the most interesting is Emaniya, who chased home the highly regarded Mehnah in a Listed contest at Killarney this month.

That was a big step in the right direction and, if able to get across from stall 15, she could provide Dermot Weld with his third win in the race in nine years after Yellow Rosebud (2013) and Yulong Gold Fairy (2018). 

Surrounding owes her connections nothing. She has accumulated almost €400,000 in prize-money and has won ten of her 35 outings as well as being placed in a dozen others.

She justified favouritism in this race in 2019 when drawn in stall one but she has stall 16 to overcome this time so will certainly need to be on her toes at the start. She is the class act, though, and is the second top-rated filly in the race with a mark of 101.

The best of the bunch, according to the handicapper, is Lustown Baba. All four of her wins have been recorded with soft or heavy in the going description so every drop of rain that falls will improve her chances.


What they say

Mick Halford, trainer of Surrounding
She's back in top form and working as well as ever. She's come on plenty since her comeback at Leopardstown and her old spark is definitely back. The draw [stall 16] could have been kinder, but hopefully she will be able to overcome it. 

Jessica Harrington, trainer of Mia Mento
She has ability but it's a big ask and she's drawn very wide [stall 13]. If she jumped and travelled in the early part of the race you just never know what she might do.

Joseph O'Brien, trainer of Rocket Science, Neptune Rock and Thinking Of You
Neptune Rock ran very well at Killarney. She was unlucky not to get black type there and hopefully she can get some here. Thinking Of You ran very well in the same race at Killarney too and we're trying to win a stakes race with her. Rocket Science had an ordinary first run for us, it was disappointing. Her work at home was nicer than what we saw at the Curragh. She wouldn't mind a drop of rain.

Dermot Weld, trainer of Emaniya
The draw [stall 15] is the big problem. She came out of Killarney in very good form and I've been very happy with her. She has taken her time to come together but she's getting there.

Aidan O'Brien, trainer of Friendly
She was good at Bellewstown where she won her maiden nicely on her penultimate start. This is her first run at Galway and we think the track might suit her.

Tuesday's race previews:

1.50 Goodwood: 'He's ready to win if things go right' – trainers on the TV opener

2.25 Goodwood: can we trust the Coventry form? Graeme Rodway gives his view on Berkshire Shadow

3.00 Goodwood: absence unlikely to be an issue as Space Blues bids for Lennox Stakes repeat

3.35 Goodwood: 'They ride to beat him' – Stradivarius camp hoping to avoid difficult passage

3.35 Goodwood: why Stradivarius is harder to beat at Goodwood (Members' Club)


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She's come on plenty since her comeback at Leopardstown and her old spark is definitely back
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