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Urban Fox and William Haggas throw Aidan O’Brien off Curragh scent

• Urban Fox beats O’Brien favourite by more than three lengths
• O’Brien names Happily for Eclipse Stakes at Sandown

Last-minute collywobbles turned out to be the biggest danger for Urban Fox, who became the latest British-trained winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes here, beating an odds-on favourite who had won the Oaks last time. The winning trainer, William Haggas, was full of misgivings as he watched the buildup to the race from his Newmarket stable but he was well rewarded for what had seemed an ambitious entry, his filly scoring by daylight at 9-1.

“I don’t think this is a good idea,” Haggas apparently told his wife, Maureen, when they spoke by phone about 15 minutes before the race.

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