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Thursday 15 November 2018

Vidiyni can get off the mark

Vidiyni boasts some decent form without winning. Pic: Caroline Norris
Vidiyni boasts some decent form without winning. Pic: Caroline Norris

The €40,000 Irish EBF Supporting Irish Champions Weekend Premier Nursery is the feature at the Curragh this evening and a chance is taken on the locally trained Vidiyni.

As would be expected for the prize money on offer, this is a competitive heat for the two-year-olds that have fallen short of stakes company yet and Vidiyni boasts some decent form without winning.

There is an adage to always back the top weight in a nursery and Cardini is also still a maiden but the 8lbs that Vidiyni gets from him seems fair and with a hood first time Mick Halford's runner is tipped to edge it.

Patrick Mullins will bid to win the Paddy Power Amateur Derby for a second time and a first time for his father when riding Makitroix in this renewal.

Makitroix ran to a decent level over jumps but missed the big festivals in the spring and hasn't been seen since finishing fifth in a Grade Two at Naas back in February.

Mullins would have had plenty to chose from for this and the lack of a run shouldn't be a negative from that yard.

The maiden races at HQ are likely to draw plenty of interest as the big stables are well represented but Luceita is one that stands out.

The half sister to Lucida was due to start at Leopardstown earlier in the month but was in season on that occasion and market moves for her should be watched.

Up at Down Royal Peregrine Run bids to win or the second time in six days for Peter Fahey.

The talented six-year-old is turned out again quickly, this time over hurdles, as he looks to follow up Saturday's chase success at Killarney by claiming the Irwins Bakeries Hurdle which is a conditions race over three miles.

The concluding winners bumper is a good race too and Run For Mary could make it two from two there. She was a surprise winner at Limerick but more can be expected from Charles Byrnes' runner with that aid of that experience.

Curragh TODAY

4.20 My Laureate

4.50 Pink Dogwood

5.20 Vidiyni

5.50 Luceita

6.20 Simiyna

6.50 Makitorix

7.20 Jassaar

7.50 Gopsies Daughter

DOWN ROYALTODAY

4.35 Smiling Eliza

5.10 Under Surveillance

5.40 Camile

6.10 Anytime Now

6.40 Peregrine Run

7.10 Persian Wind

7.40 Run For Mary

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