Willie McCreery drops Aurora Butterfly down in class at Gowran

Tue 15 Aug 2017

Irish Oaks fifth Aurora Butterfly has her sights lowered for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Hurry Harriet Stakes at Gowran Park on Wednesday evening.

Willie McCreery's filly opened her account at the third attempt at Clonmel in May before finishing a close-up third behind fellow Irish challenger Elusive Beauty in the Listed Eternal Stakes at Carlisle in late June.

She was thrown in at the deep end in Classic company last month, but outran her huge odds to finish a creditable fifth behind the brilliant Enable and is back in Listed class.

McCreery said: "She's in good form and we're looking forward to running her.

"She ran a good race in the Irish Oaks and I think coming back to this shorter trip will suit her.

"The ground is on the easy side, but I don't think that will inconvenience her. She's a good moving filly, but I think she'll go on any ground."

The Rathbride-based trainer also saddles Valentana, who was seventh in a Listed contest at the Galway Festival a fortnight ago.

"She ran very well in Galway. I think the trip was just on the short side for her," McCreery added.

"An ease in the ground will suit her and I hope she'll run a good race, too."

A field of 14 fillies have been declared for the nine-and-a-half-furlong contest.

The highest-rated runner is Aidan O'Brien's Alluringly, who was sixth in the Irish Oaks, having previously finished in the same position in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot and third in the Oaks at Epsom.

Other leading contenders include Jim Bolger's Glamorous Approach, Making Light from Dermot Weld's yard and Elegant Pose, who puts her unbeaten record on the line for Ger Lyons.

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