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Blue out to show true colours

Blue Bunting attempts to pick up her second Classic in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Sunday.

Godolphin's Dynaformer filly surprised even her own connections when swooping to victory in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, but could only finish fourth when sent off favourite for the Oaks at Epsom.

"We always thought she had ability, but we always thought she was a mile-and-a-half filly before she won the Guineas. The pace really helped her there (at Newmarket) and she stayed on," said trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni.

"I wouldn't say she was unlucky at Epsom but the pace was too slow. Mile-and-a-half fillies always come from behind and they prefer a fast pace. The filly has ability and she's already proved she's a class filly and I think she can do it again.

"I think she likes fast ground but it was soft ground when she won her maiden. She won't mind the ground. She did very well after the Oaks, she's stronger and better and more relaxed now. We just need the luck. If you are not in it you cannot win it."

Jim Bolger's Banimpire was having her seventh race of the season when winning the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot.

"I hope we have her in as good a form as we've had her in all year. If that is so, we expect her to give a good account of herself. She is a filly that we like and that she is entirely reliable," said Bolger.

"We felt she was in good form for Royal Ascot and was up for it on the day. We were a bit concerned about the going but she seemed to cope with that fairly well. She is gutsy and has a fair level of talent. Those two together combine to make her a useful racehorse."


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