Same again for Ambivalent

  • By: Donn McClean
  • Last Updated: June 28 2014, 11:12 BST

Donn McClean fancies Ambivalent to win the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh for the second-year running on Sunday.

Ambivalent: Can win the Pretty Polly
Ambivalent: Can win the Pretty Polly

Ambivalent could again be the answer to the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes.  

Roger Varian’s filly probably put up the best performance of her career up to that point when she battled on gallantly to win this race last year under Johnny Murtagh, and she looks better than ever this season.

After running a cracker to finish third behind Gentildonna and Cirrus Des Aigles in the Dubai Sheema Classic at the end of March, she returned to Britain to win the Group 2 Middleton Stakes at York’s Dante meeting, and she ran out of her skin to finish third behind Cirrus Des Aigles and Flintshire in the Coronation Cup on Derby day at Epsom. 

That is top class form.

This is a hot race, as you would expect for a Pretty Polly Stakes.  Thistle Bird is high-class over nine and 10 furlongs and comes here in top form, while Venus De Milo, second in the Irish Oaks last season, was a game winner of a Group 3 contest at Cork last time and should progress from that, and Marvellous was a really impressive winner of the Irish 1000 Guineas on her penultimate run before disappointing in the Oaks.

However, Ambivalent is a tough filly who finds plenty for pressure and who, possibly as a consequence, is often under-rated. 

She is tough, she handles the track well, this is probably her optimum trip and she should love the ground.  If she can get out on or near an easy pace early on, it could be difficult for her rivals to pass her.