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Starspangledbanner Filly Set For Irish Gr1

Tuesday, 5th August 2014

Meanwhile, trainer Eddie Lynam is hopeful of starting Starspangledbanner filly Anthem Alexander in the Phoenix, Europe's first juvenile Gr1 event of the season, reports irishtimes.com. However, Lynam said Anthem Alexander, a brilliant winner of the Gr2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, would only line up in the Phoenix if she got conditions to suit. "If the ground at the Curragh is good or quicker we will go there very hopeful. If it is the slow side of good we will go there with our fingers crossed," he said. "And if it is soft or heavy we probably won't go there at all; basically the quicker the ground the better her chance. She's in very good form but we will just have to see what the weather does with the ground at the Curragh. At this time of year it could dry out very quickly." He added, "If she were to win on Sunday it would be my first Group One in Ireland and it would mean a lot. It would be even better if it was at the old Phoenix Park in the '1500' but winning at the Curragh would be great for all concerned with her." Fillies have a good record in the Phoenix Stakes with three winning in the last ten years, namely La Collina (2011), Saoirse Abu (2007) and Damson in 2004.

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