La Petite Coco out to steal the show on final day of Irish Derby weekend

Paddy Twomey could have his first Group 1 winner

Saturday, June 25, 2022

The ‘exciting’ La Petite Coco will aim to become Paddy Twomey’s first Group 1 winner in Sunday’s Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh, writes Jack Lacey-Hatton.

The classy filly has won four from five since she moved to the Cashel handler last season and heads into the closing day of Irish Derby weekend with a big chance of breaking her trainer’s duck.

Sunday’s showpiece contest is stacked with talent, with three British raiders on the hunt, but Twomey is confident she can challenge along with stablemate Rosscarbery.

“It looks like a very good race,” he said. “And La Petite Coco is very exciting.

“Both fillies have earned their place and we’re very much looking forward to Sunday.

“She has good entries and I think she’s in great form. I’m looking forward to the year ahead with her.”

La Petite Coco, unbeaten in her last three starts, was last seen back in September at the same stomping ground where she lowered the colours of 1000 Guineas winner Love.

Although it will be a big ask, up against the impressive Dreamloper as well as her talented stablemate, Twomey will have belief she is up to the task.

Equally he did add that he wanted to “let the horses do the talking”, when asked about whether this was his best chance to secure a first win at the top table.


Ahead of her 2022 bow on Sunday, La Petite Coco also has entries in the Nassau Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks, Irish Champion Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

But the Cashel handler was equally enthusiastic about Rosscarbery’s chances.

“Rosscarbery has earned her chance for a crack at a race like this,” he added. “She’s in good form and she came out of the race at Cork very well and we’re looking forward to running her.”

The main challengers are likely to be Ed Walker’s Dreamloper and the William Haggas duo of Purplepay and My Astra.

Both head to the Curragh off the back of good wins, Purplepay landing a Chantilly Group Two in strong style earlier this month.

While My Astra will also be considered a contender after easily winning a listed event at Ayr in her last outing.

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