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Princess Zoe, with Jody Townend on board, winning the Ladies Derby at The Curragh earlier this month

Princess Zoe, with Jody Townend on board, winning the Ladies Derby at The Curragh earlier this month

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Princess Zoe, with Jody Townend on board, winning the Ladies Derby at The Curragh earlier this month

It takes some effort to land a feature race at the Galway Festival but to bag two in the one week would be particularly special and that's what Princess Zoe could have in her sights at Ballybrit this afternoon.

Tony Mullins' German recruit plundered the Connacht Hotel Handicap on Monday and the grey mare is back for more in the €75,000 Galway Shopping Centre Premier Handicap (5.15).

Talented apprentice Joey Sheridan takes 5lbs off her 7lb penalty and the hugely progressive five-year-old should have no problem dropping back to 1m 4f after she excelled at that trip when taking the Ladies Derby at the Curragh.

Target

PRINCESS ZOE is favoured to prevail but should she be rested ahead of what is her long-term target in the English Cesarewitch, there are certainly other live candidates in an ultra-competitive heat.

Tony Martin has won two of the last six renewals and saddles a pair of runners with last year's Galway Hurdle winner Tudor City trying to quickly bounce back having finished seventh in his repeat bid in Thursday's feature but the best alternative may be War Diary. Fourth in this race last year and with lots of strong 12-furlong form to his name, there was plenty of promise in his debut effort for Mick Halford when second at Cork last month and Ronan Whelan's mount can score if Princess Zoe doesn't run.

The seven-day meeting finishes with a bang tomorrow and Jessica Harrington's NJORD hopes to go one better in the €90,000 Ahonoora Premier Handicap (4.20) having just been touched off in Tuesday's feature.

Shane Foley takes over from Tom Madden - who gave the four-year-old an inspired ride but was just nabbed by Saltonstall - and there may be no stopping the in-form Roderic O'Connor gelding this time around the track.

Last year's winner Laughifuwant - trained by Ger Keane - will make a very bold bid, while Ger Lyons' three-year-old Mr Wendell is respected but Foley can add yet another winner in his race to be Irish champion Flat jockey.

Madden swaps Galway for Germany tomorrow as he heads to Dusseldorf bidding for Group One glory aboard Harrington's Silence Please, third to Irish Oaks winner Even So in the Naas Oaks Trial last time out.

The German Oaks (2.30) has never been landed by an Irish raider so 'Socks' Madden bids to rewrite history, although Clare native Kieren Fallon did actually prevail aboard Dancing Rain for William Haggas some nine years ago.

Johnny Murtagh also aims to continue his scintillating run of form since the season resumed with Know It All heading to France for tomorrow's Group One Prix Rothschild (2.50) at Deauville as Oisín Murphy takes the mount on the recent Derrinstown Stud Fillies Stakes winner.