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Pretty Polly Stakes: Dreamloper set for Irish assignment for Ed Walker team if ground remains quick

The five-year-old mare has won on both of her starts in 2022, including at Group One level in the Prix d'Ispahan at ParisLongchamp; she could take in another top level race this weekend in Ireland if the rain misses the Curragh

Image: Dreamloper landed the Prix d'Ispahan earlier this season.

Ed Walker does not want to see too much rain in Ireland ahead of Dreamloper's run in the Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

Winner of both her starts this season in the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket and the Prix d'Ispahan at ParisLongchamp - where she was striking at Group One one level for the first time - she will be stepping up to 10 furlongs this weekend.

Joseph O'Brien's Prix Saint-Alary winner Above The Curve and Paddy Twomey's La Petite Coco are likely to provide stiff opposition from the home team, but Walker is more concerned about the forecast rain, with an unsettled outlook.

Dreamloper (red silks) wins narrowly at Newmarket
Image: Dreamloper (red silks) wins narrowly at Newmarket

"I'm just weather-watching, but Sunday is the plan," said Walker.

"I don't want it to get too soft, there's a bit of rain forecast so we'll just keep an eye on it.

"She's well and in good shape. We're hoping to go there and if everything is spot on come Friday it is very much the plan.

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"This race was always the plan, but then we thought we didn't want to travel with her again and we thought we might wait for the Falmouth instead. But then we just thought it made sense to go there.

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"She's thriving, her last two runs have been career-bests."

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