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Thursday 26 April 2018

Emulous eases to win for Weld

Emulous made short shrift of a double penalty to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Brownstown Stakes at Fairyhouse.

Dermot Weld's filly was not hard pressed in taking a second Group Three prize on the spin.

She was handily placed in fourth in the early stages and the 9/4 favourite made noteworthy progress as they straightened for home and breezed into the lead approaching the one-furlong pole.

Claiomh Solais (8/1) stayed on late in the day, but was beaten by a length.

Weld, whose inmate was recording a fourth success from five starts, said: "That was a very pleasing performance from a very consistent filly."

Ed Dunlop is favouring the Coral-Eclipse over the bet365 Lancashire Oaks for Snow Fairy as the multiple Group One winner returns to action this weekend.

"The ground should suit. She'll have a small blow-out tomorrow. If that goes well and we are happy, we will run," he said.

James Fanshawe has been forced to concede that it is "highly unlikely" his Golden Jubilee winner Society Rock will be fit enough to run in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket next week.

Animal Kingdom, impressive winner of this year's Kentucky Derby, will not race again this season. X-rays have revealed a leg fracture, which will keep him on the sidelines for the rest of the campaign.

Impressive King Edward VII Stakes winner Nathaniel is the headline act amongst 36 entries for the sportingbet.com Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on August 17. Aidan O'Brien has his usual strong entry, with the likes of Recital, Master Of Hounds, Memphis Tennessee and Seville in the mix.

Wokingham winner Deacon Blues is among a monster entry of 136 for the Blue Square Stewards' Cup at Goodwood on July 30.

James Fanshawe also has another strong fancy in the shape of Mac's Power and that pair, along with Mick Easterby's Hoof It, have been installed as 10/1 co-favourites by the sponsors.

Ed Vaughan would not be keen on running Dance And Dance in the totesport Mile and Glorious Goodwood if he were to be saddled with top weight.

Irish jockey Andrew Lynch is hoping to be back in the saddle in time for the Galway Festival which starts on July 25.

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