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Orgilgo Bay returns to action in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Gowran Park

Updated: Sunday, 07 Apr 2013 13:10 | Comments

Orgilgo Bay (right), finishing second to Dibayani last year.
Orgilgo Bay (right), finishing second to Dibayani last year.

Orgilgo Bay returns to action in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Gowran Park.

John McConnell's colt kept good company as a juvenile and finished second to Battle Of Marengo in the Beresford Stakes, though he signed off with a lacklustre display at Leopardstown.

He will need to be near the top of his game to break through here because Everglades Island and Island In The Sun are a couple of Coolmore representatives expected to improve this year, while Dermot Weld introduces Make The News, a Montjeu half-brother to Refuse To Bend and Media Puzzle.

Weld fits Stuccodor with a visor for the Bennettsbridge Rated Race, although there didn't appear much wrong with his resolution when he fought hard to land a brace in late summer last year.

The dropped-in-class Romantic Stroll and the match-fit Shifting are his chief threats.

Weld has further strong claims with Spirit Of Concorde in the Thomastown Maiden, as well as Lake District, who takes in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (2.25) on the back of an encouraging start to his career at the Curragh.

Newberry Hill hit the crossbar on his final couple of appearances of 2012 and a visor could help eke out that little bit extra required for him to break his duck in the Follow Gowran Park On Facebook Handicap.

Jim Bolger's top-weight, Morning With Ivan, is his most interesting opponent as she steps outside maiden company for the first time, and the Coolcullen handler should also have high hopes for Quill And Vellum in the Kilkenny Handicap, despite letting down favourite-backers on his most recent appearance at Wexford.

The winner that day, Sheilas Wish, tops the weights for the Goresbridge Handicap, in which last-start winner Saga Eiger, the Weld-trained Soul Train and Bolger's Fionnuar lie in wait.

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