Could It Be Love takes Summer Stakes challenge at York

Irish Guineas runner-up out quickly after the Curragh last week

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Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up Could It Be Love travels to York in a bid to belatedly open her account at Pattern level in Friday’s William Hill Summer Stakes.

Aidan O’Brien’s filly ran a fantastic race to beat all bar Alpha Centauri in the Curragh Classic at the end of May, before placing third against the boys in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

She was narrowly beaten when odds-on for the Brownstown Stakes at Fairyhouse last Sunday and is sent back into action just five days later for this Group Three assignment.

William Haggas is keeping his fingers crossed Pretty Baby can continue her progression on the Knavesmire.

The three-year-old won a Listed race at Nottingham in May, her third success on the bounce, and the form has worked out well.

Haggas has been targeting this Group Three ever since and is already looking beyond it.

“She is in good form. The form of her Listed win at Nottingham has worked out well,” said Haggas.

“She has been waiting for this race. She will go here and then the Oak Tree at Goodwood as I want to try her over seven furlongs. She goes to York first, though, and should run well.”

Les Eyre’s Sandra’s Secret has been in tremendous form this season, winning at Ripon twice and York.

Stepped up to Listed class last time out, she was second to Elnadim Star at Ayr.

“She has been a credit to the yard. She has improved out of all recognition and if I only knew what has brought it about I’d be visiting York more often!” said Eyre.

“She is a happy little horse and she’s done it all herself, to be truthful.

“She deserves to take her chance, she really does. She is in great form. She thrives on her work.

“She takes a fair while to get fit – she can be quite stuffy – but once she’s there, she’s there. I don’t do a lot with her in between racing.”

Richard Fahey runs two, Maggies Angel and Marie Of Lyon, but both will need to improve on recent displays.

“It’s been the target for Maggies Angel for some time, her owner was very keen to run in it. She has some form at the track and is in great order,” Fahey told

“We also run Marie Of Lyon. She probably goes on any ground but may be better if it’s a little slower than she’ll encounter here. I’d be delighted if both my fillies were placed.”

Could It Be Love takes Summer Stakes challenge at York

York 15:15, 13 July 2018

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