Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Collina targeting Curragh return

La Collina

Kevin Prendergast's Group One-winning filly La Collina will aim to get her season back on track in the Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes later this month.

Last year's Phoenix Stakes heroine signed off her juvenile year with a fine third in the Moyglare Stud Stakes and connections harboured Classic hopes at the beginning of the current campaign.

She was far from disgraced when fifth in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, but ran below expectations when only sixth of eight in the Irish equivalent. She has been given a mid-summer break since that appearance in late May and will step up in trip and down in class for her next start at the Curragh.

"She's fine and she's going to run over a mile and one (furlong) at the Curragh on August 26," said Prendergast.

"It's a Group Three race, she's bred to get that bit further and she gets into the race without a penalty, so it's a good opportunity for her.

"She's had a nice break. It's been hard to get these fillies ready for the big races in the spring, but she came home well in the English Guineas and was perhaps unlucky not to finish a bit closer."

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