Belfast Telegraph

Oliver eyes perfect ending at Newmarket

By Jimmy Walker

Caledon trainer, Andy Oliver will make a little bit of history tomorrow when he runs his smart filly Perfect Polly in the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Oliver said: "I don't remember any other Northern Ireland trainer running in a Group One race in England, but we go with every chance.

"Perfect Polly almost won last time out when finishing second to Norman Invader in a Group Three race at the Curragh with the Aiden O'Brien-trained Great Barrier Reef a neck behind us.

"Perfect Polly could quite easily have won that day as she was in the lead two furlongs out and was only headed in the final stride.

"I have no idea what is next for Perfect Polly but I'm hopeful she will run a big race and Ted Durcan will ride."

Oliver, who is a former assistant to Mark Johnston has made rapid strides since he became the man in charge at the Caledon stables which is almost on the Border.

Perfect Polly has already registered a win and that was in The Racing South Africa European Breeders' Fund Maiden at the Curragh in August when she beat the very useful Rock of Rochelle by a length and three-quarters in a two-year-old maiden with Maidin Moch from the in-form Jim Bolger yard, a further length and half in third.

The filly won by one and three quarter lengths, landing odds of 20-1.

She has since run second, beaten a head by Norman Invader in which with Aidan O'Brien's Great Barrier Reef a neck behind.

Norman Invader is no mean performer, having been placed behind top notchers New Approach, Bruges and Saoirse Abu.

Rock of Rochelle then gave Perfect Polly's credentials a major boost by winning the Rosaleen Kelly Blenheim Stakes over six furlongs at the Curragh last month.

That race was worth €36,000 euros to the winner, so the form line stands up to scrutiny.

Oliver has also of course had wins at home and has been successful on more than one occasion at Down Royal.

Friday is his biggest test yet in a glamorous race which reeks of history.

Were he to win the Newmarket contest, he would shoot into the front rank of Irish Flat trainers - and that would be a major achievement for someone with a small stable.

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