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Friday 9 December 2016

srut' set for repeat

PAUL DEEGAN'S Sruthan will aim to repeat his win of last year in the Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes at the Curragh tomorrow.

Now a five-year-old, the Arakan gelding is a most consistent performer and after being slightly outclassed in the Lockinge, he went on to be placed twice more in Group Three company.

NO WORRIES

He signed off last season when second in a Listed race at Cork and having won on his reappearance last season, Deegan has no worries about his ability to run well off a break.

"He's in super form and should run a great race," said the Curragh-based handler.

There are three runners from outside Ireland travelling over, Charlie Hills' Cable Bay, second in a Group Two on his final start last season, David O'Meara's That Is The Spirit and the Dandy Nicholls-trained Sovereign Debt.

Owned by Lady O'Reilly, Sovereign Debt looked a very unlucky loser at Lingfield on All-Weather Championship Finals Day when flashing home for second.

Second in the Lockinge a couple of years ago, he appears right back to his best.

"He's come out of Lingfield well and with the ground drying we'll go over and take our chance," said Nicholls.

The fascinating runner is Aidan O'Brien's Smuggler's Cove, third in the Dewhurst when last seen and tackling older horses very early in the season.

Deegan is also represented in the Alleged Stakes with Aussie Valentine.

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