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Thursday 14 December 2017

my titania for super sunday

Away from the Darley Irish Oaks this weekend, the Curragh stages two very good support cards on Saturday and Sunday with the Group Two Kilboy Estate Stakes the feature on the second day of the meeting.

The field is headed by the John Oxx trained My Titania who will have just her second start of the season on Sunday after finishing fourth in the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

John Oxx looks to have found a winnable opportunity for the three-year-old who stayed on well having her first run of the season at Royal Ascot and despite a strong British presence in the race she should be hard to beat and can continue to the good form of John Oxx and Declan McDonogh.

Six two-year-old's will line up in the Group Three Jebel Ali Racecourse and Stables Anglesey Lodge Stakes tomorrow afternoon where Aidan O'Brien's Dick Whittington, Mick Halford's Toscanini, Michael O'Callaghan's Rapid Applause and Newsletter who did Ken Condon proud when third at Royal Ascot last time all add to an intriguing looking affair.

This looks a fairly hot renewal of the Group Three contest with the aforementioned juveniles all being held in high regard and although having a bit to find on official ratings Dandyleekie for Ger Lyons and Shelia Lavery's Itorio certainly warrant their place in the line up.

Only two pounds separate the top four on ratings and it'll be interesting to see who has progressed most from their last outing.

Tommy Stack's Alive Alive Oh is an interesting runner in the Meld Stakes on Sunday where connections will be hoping she can fulfil the loft reputation she had last year but she faces a difficult assignment when taking on Jim Bolger's Parish Hall and Aidan O'Brien's Festive Cheer.

Meanwhile, there looks set to be a large British contingent contesting the Galway Festival when it gets under-way in just over a week.

A number of the feature races closed for entry this week and those races alone have attracted 53 British-trained entries and the racecourse manager John Moloney has had a number of enquiries about some of the weeks other races.

The Galway Plate and Galway Hurdle weights will be published on Monday afternoon.

Trainer Henry de Bromhead also confirmed that last seasons Boylesports Champion Chase hero Sizing Europe will return to training with a return to Gowran Park top of his agenda.

The Waterford trainer said the horse would be aimed at winning the PWC Champion Chase for a fourth year.

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