Words make return in Munster
AIDAN O'BRIEN takes the wraps off the promising Words in tomorrow's Munster Oaks at Cork.
The beautifully-bred Dansili filly is out of Irish Oaks winner Moonstone and looked potentially very smart when winning on her debut at the Curragh last June.
She beat Mick Halford's Raydara there, herself a very smart youngster, but has not been seen again since.
O'Brien had mooted starting her off in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot but thought better of that when the opportunity to take her to Cork came up, although she retains that engagement.
She is entered in the Pretty Polly and Irish Oaks later in the summer. "It would have been a bit much running in the Ribblesdale for her first run," said O'Brien.
"Sunday will be a nice introduction.
"We're very happy with her, we just felt that asking her to go in the Ribblesdale first time out might have been a bit much."
Just four go to post with Dermot Weld's Carla Bianca, progressive last year, the chief threat.
Having won two Listed races and a Group Three last summer, much was expected of her on her return at Gowran but she could only manage fourth behind subsequent 1000 Guineas winner Legatissimo.
Ger Lyons' Roheryn is not without a chance, having finished third in the Blandford Stakes last season. She was fourth on her return to Jim Bolger's Answered.
The Patrick Prendergast-trained Maid Of The Glens completes the quartet.