Alluringly Must Bounce Back from Chester Cup Disappointment

 

Source: BBC Sport via Twitter

The Chester Cup presented an opportunity for Alluringly to enhance her reputation at the Cheshire Oaks. Trainer Aidan O’Brien was searching for his third win on the bounce at the meet, with Diamondsandrubies and Somehow triumphing in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

The Bay Filly had form on her side ahead of the race, having recorded her maiden victory at the Fillies Maiden in her last outing at the Tipperary Races.

As a result of Alluringly’s win in Ireland – she was expected to rise to the occasion and maintain O’Brien’s winning streak at the Cheshire Oaks by adapting to English conditions.

The American horse was considered a leading contender for the meet, being backed as one of Oddschecker’s tips of the day to string back-to-back victories together. However, despite a decent outing, she was narrowly beaten to the post by Enable, ending O’Brien’s winning streak at the meet.

The Irishman has a task on his hand to get Alluringly back to winning form for the rest of the season, with Epsom Downs on the horizon and the Investec Oaks showdown. O’Brien has done a solid job over the last year to get the Bay Filly into contention after a tough start to her career, which began last October.

Alluringly made her bow in a crowded field in Curragh at the Fillies Maiden and although she had talent, the American horse was not considered one of the leading contenders to taste victory. That showed in her performance as she struggled to match the pace of the leaders, although a decent finish towards the end of the meet yielded a seventh-place finish out of 25 competitors.

 

Source: AtTheRaces via Twitter

With only six days of rest, O’Brien threw the Bay Filly back into action to get further action under her belt ahead of an important 2017 season.

Alluringly did have an outside chance of victory with decent odds to claim her first win, but a slow start to the meet in Naas proved costly, and she finished slightly off the pace of the leading pack to come in fifth as Wayside Flower triumphed.

Following a six-month break, the American horse returned to action at Tipperary at the Fillies Maiden. The three-year-old was considered among the top two horses in the field alongside Dabulena, but on this occasion, she rose to the occasion with an excellent display to beat her nearest rival by four-and-a-half lengths with a strong finish down the final furlong.

As a result of Alluringly’s comfortable win in Tipperary, she was considered the favourite for the first time in her career at Chester. However, the three-year-old did not have the pace to match Enable – as Frankie Dettori and John Gosden snatched the victory from O’Brien and Ryan Moore.

There are important races ahead of the American horse this term, with the Epsom Downs and Ascot on the horizon. O’Brien has moulded the Bay Filly into a strong competitor and it would be no surprise to see Alluringly bounce back from the first disappointment of her career to claim victories at the prestigious meets later in the term.

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