Sunday, 01st Jul 2018
Horsebetting.com experts give their 2018 Pretty Polly Stakes betting tips and say Oaks winner Forever Together is a worthy odds-on favourite for the 1m 2f Group 1 contest at The Curragh on Sunday, 1 July. She looks a cut-above her five rivals, of which stable companion Bye Bye Baby looks the most likely to chase her home. Urban Fox has each-way claims should that one underperform. Read our 2018 Pretty Polly Stakes betting tips preview for more details.Forever Together has Pretty Polly Stakes at her mercyOaks heroine Forever Together is a long odds-on favourite to provide trainer Aidan O’Brien with a fifth winner of the 1m 2f Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday (16:40), and looks in a totally different league to her rivals and impossible to oppose.
After a highly promising return to action when runner-up to stable companion Magic Wand in the Cheshire Oaks at Chester, the beautifully bred daughter of Galileo opened her account in style in the big one itself fat Epsom when beating Wild Illusion by 4 1/2 lengths.
Forever Together travelled powerfully in midfield and, after being ridden to take up the running two from home, forged clear. She the only had to be ridden out to win in ultra-impressive fashion and had Bye Bye Baby, who re-opposes in this, a further 3 1/2 lengths behind in third.
It was a visually impressive display and Forever Together looks a similar type to Peeing Fawn, who landed this for O’Brien in 2007 before going to to totally dominate in the fillies’ middle-distance division.
An official rating of 117 puts Forever Together 8lb and upwards clear of her five rivals, so it will be a major shock is she does not win this with the minimum of fuss.Bye Bye Baby the forecast choiceThere is no way on The Oaks form that Bye Bye Baby can beat Forever Together, but she does look the obvious one to chase her home for forecast backers.
She made a bold bid from the front over 1m 4f at Epsom until weakening from the two from home. In the end she was no match for the front two, but the drop back in trip in this will certainly be in her favour.
Prior to that, Bye Bye Baby had won a Group 3 over course and distance in good style when making all and finding plenty when pressed to beat Jaega by two lengths. She has won three of her nine sorts and is a consistent sort who always gives it her best shot.
Bye Bye Baby is also the closest in the ratings to Forever Together off 108, but the reality is that she will need that one to massively underperform to land this and is playing for place money.Urban Fox an interesting contenderUrban Fox is an interesting contender now stepped up in trip and looks capable of making a bold bid for second place, so could be the each-way value – despite bookmakers only paying two places.
The four-year-old has shown improved form this season since joining Newmarket handler William Haggas, landing a competitive handicap at Ascot in good style before finishing a solid fourth of 11 to Aljazzi in the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes over 1m at Royal Ascot.
She was set plenty to do in the latter and was not ideally placed when the pace quickened, but did stay on nice to be nearest the finish and beaten 4 3/4 lengths.
Judged on that effort, she looks well worth a crack at this trip and it may well unlock further improvement.
It will need to as she has to give a 10lb weight-for-age allowance to Forever Together and Bye Bye Baby. This looks a monster task, but Urban Fox looks sure to give it her best shot.Your Next Bet