SIR Michael Stoute has shipped Smart Call over to Ireland for the first time, the mare having shown very similar form on both of her starts in England since moving from South Africa. She will contest the Gr1 Pretty Polly Stakes over 2000m at The Curragh, with a soft track expected. Jim Crowley takes the ride.

Smart Call made an encouraging return from 16 months off, disadvantaged by the run of the race and likely to be sharper for the run anyway, when third of four in the Middleton Stakes at York in May.

She was then sent off at 9/2 for the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot, posting a respectable effort back in a more competitive race as she finished one and three quarter lengths fourth to Qemah.

Timeform, however, believes that even Smart Call’s very best form will leave her with something to find with both Journey and Zhukova this afternoon.

Photo: Smart Call in her Newmarket stable before departing for Ireland.


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