Moll thriving for Munster Oaks

Moll is reported to be in prime shape as she bids to land a first Group Three success in the Munster Oaks at Cork.

Trainer Paddy Twomey has had Wednesday’s mile-and-a-half feature in mind for the daughter of Camelot since she won a Listed race over the same course and distance in April.

That was her first outing since last July when she was fourth at Naas behind Even So, who went on to win the Irish Oaks later that month.

“Moll’s in good form, and we’re looking forward to tomorrow,” said her County Tipperary handler.

“This has been her intended target since then. Hopefully now all roads lead to Cork tomorrow.”

Moll’s rivals include Silence Please, in similar ownership, who was a neck ahead of her in third place at Naas last summer.

The Gleneagles filly, trained by Jessica Harrington, was returning from a 243-day absence when fourth to Queen Power in the Group Two Middleton Stakes at York last month.

“She’s going to get the ground she wants. She likes good to firm ground. We’re very happy with her,” said Harrington.

Joseph O’Brien is two-handed – with Mighty Blue and Ubuntu – while his father Aidan relies on High Heels to give him back-to-back victories, after Snow recorded a seventh success in the race for Ballydyole 12 months ago.

Logo Hunter has never been better, according to trainer Michael Browne, as she prepares for the Midsummer Sprint Stakes.

The three-year-old has gone up 28lb since March, thanks to three victories and two seconds.

“He’s in great form – he’s never been better,” said Browne.

“He should win, but you never know. He’s the highest-rated horse in the race. Hopefully he will.”

Harrington is doubly-represented in the Listed contest by Santosha and Dickiedooda.

“They will both love the ground,” she said.

Ger Lyons runs three-time Listed scorer Frenetic and My Laureate, with Ado McGuinness responsible for top-weight Laugh A Minute.

Moll on top as Princess Zoe flounders at Cork

Moll was a decisive winner of Cork’s Irish Stallion Farms EBF Noblesse Stakes – in which Princess Zoe proved a major disappointment.

The Listed contest was billed as Princess Zoe’s opportunity, on her first start of the new season, to consolidate her remarkable improvement last year and demonstrate she can be as effective back at this shorter trip of a mile-and-a-half.

Tony Mullins’ admirable mare was sent off 3-1 to do so but could never get competitive after being held up on ground quicker than she has often encountered – and 5-2 favourite Mighty Blue could not threaten seriously either.

Jessica Harrington’s Flor De La Luna hit the front on entering the final furlong – but with the race seemingly at her mercy, she veered to her right, losing all momentum.

In any case Moll, close up behind subsequent Irish Oaks winner Even So when she last ran, had made stylish progress to get within touching distance and was perfectly placed to take advantage of Flor De La Luna’s waywardness.

Billy Lee rode the 6-1 shot out for a one-and-a-quarter-length win, and she looks to have a bright future for Paddy Twomey.

The Tipperary trainer said: “She was fourth to Even So at Naas last year, and was only beaten three lengths, but got injured.

“Moll has top-class ability, and I supplemented her for the Irish Oaks last year – and I wasn’t messing when I did it.

“It’s day by day with Moll, and if there is an ease in the ground she’ll run in the Munster Oaks back here in June.

“She has the ability to go all the way. But she has been physically immature – and everything she is doing, she is doing on natural ability. You have to be patient.”