Lanigan Waiting for the Curragh with Worth

Monday, May 20 2019

David Lanigan will resist the temptation of running Worth Waiting at Royal Ascot and send her straight to the Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.

The Newmarket handler will return the daughter of Bated Breath to Group One company after earmarking the mile-and-a-quarter Group One prize on June 28 as her next target.

After seeing her bid for a five-timer halted in the Prix Vermeille last season, the Saif Ali-owned filly, who holds entries in the Hardwicke and Prince of Wales’s Stakes, made a winning return in the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket.

Lanigan said: “We are going to wait for the Pretty Polly. She had quite a hard race last time out, they got racing a good four furlongs out and they started sprinting a long way out.

“Going to the Curragh just gives her plenty of time to get over it. She came out of the race well and is in great order and I’m really happy with her.

“I just thought she had a ding-dong battle from a long way out and by doing this we are not rushing her back. I think it is the sensible route to go against fillies.”

Worth Waiting’s next performance will determine if she is seen back in Britain afterwards or given a trip to America.

Lanigan added: “If she went and won the Pretty Polly, then we would look at going to Goodwood for the Nassau.

“If she ran well and was placed, then we would go for the Beverly D Stakes.

“I don’t think we could do both Goodwood and the Beverly D at Arlington as they are too close to each other.”



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