06/24/2009 11:00PM

Look Here heads Pretty Polly


Look Here can claim a spot in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf with a victory in the Group 1, $348,000 Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday. The winner of last year's English Oaks, Look Here was an eye-catching third in the Group 1 Coronation Cup three weeks ago at Epsom, losing by a pair of noses to Ask and Youmzain, and is expected to improve again in what will be just her sixth career star in this Win and You're In Breeders' Cup event.

The return to female company in the 1 1/4-mile contest is also in the favor of Look Here, a daughter of Hernando trained by Ralph Beckett.

Three other first-class fillies will make Look Here's task a difficult one. Dar Re Mi, second to Zarkava in the Prix Vermeille in September, returned with a short-head second to Crystal Capella in the Group 3 Middleton Stakes for John Gosden on May 14. The John Oxx-trained Katiyra, 6 1/2 lengths third in Look Here's Oaks and third again in the Group 1 Prix de l'Opera, will be making her seasonal debut off a nine-month absence. And the Opera runner-up, Lush Lashes, whose sixth-place finish in the Group 2 Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot last week was her third dull effort in a row, attempts to get back on track for Jim Bolger.

* On Thursday, Oxx warned that the participation of his dual classic winner Sea the Stars in Sunday's Irish Derby will depend on the state of the ground. Currently it is good to firm at the Curragh, with showers predicted on both Friday and Saturday. Oxx said that good to firm ground or soft ground would be acceptable for Sea the Stars, but anything in between would be problematic.