O'Brien hoping longer trip can bring Sizzling's losing run to an end
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Stanerra Stakes | Group 3 | 3yo+ fillies and mares | 1m6f | ATR
Sizzling has had plenty of racing but has managed only one win in 16 starts. Connections are hoping that stepping her up to this trip for the first time might bring about another overdue win for the filly, who won a maiden at Tipperary last year.
Seamie Heffernan's mount has been placed at this and Listed level, most recently when third behind stablemate Easter Lily in the Naas Oaks Trial over a mile and a quarter at Naas last month.
Aidan O'Brien, trainer of the daughter of Galileo, said: "Sizzling ran well last time and is in good form. We think the extra distance will suit her."
Heffernan and O'Brien combined to win the race with Wild Irish Rose a year ago.
O'Brien's sons, Joseph and Donnacha, are represented by four-time winner Detailed, whose victories include a success at Listed level over an extended one and a half miles at Limerick last season.
Detailed finished fourth behind Order Of St George in the Listed Saval Beg Stakes over course and distance in May on her most recent start – the four-year-old was eased when beaten.
Her trainer, who enjoyed his first Listed race win in the event two years ago, when his sister Ana won on Arya Tara, said: "Detailed has been in good form at home. We think the trip and the track will suit her and we're hoping she can get some more black type."
Naughty Or Nice, a Listed winner over a mile and five furlongs last season, represents John Oxx, while the Jim Bolger-trained Cimeara, who will be tackling the distance for the first time, ran second to Giuseppe Garibaldi over a mile and a half at the same course last month.
Harry Rogers runs Remarkable Lady, while the Fozzy Stack-trained Tooreen Katie, a three-race maiden, completes the line-up.
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