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Navan preview

Updated: Monday, 06 May 2013 14:40 | Comments

Action at Navan is off at 5.35
Action at Navan is off at 5.35

The highlight of the rescheduled meeting at Navan is the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes, which features the return of Magical Dream.

Aidan O'Brien's filly has to concede weight to each of her six rivals as a result of her Group Three triumph at the Curragh last autumn, which came on the back of her running fourth to 1000 Guineas heroine Sky Lantern in the Moyglare.

Heading the opposition is Harmonic Note, who came up short in the Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial, but Alive Alive Oh couldn't have been more impressive on her Cork comeback and is worthy of her place in this line-up.

Dibayani was a close-up fourth in the Leopardstown 2000 Guineas Trial and steps up to a mile and a quarter for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Race.

Mick Halford's colt is bred to appreciate a test of stamina and has the measure of Canary Row from their recent meeting, so has more to fear from unexposed last-start winners Leading Light, Sun On The Run, Fighter Squadron and Time For Action, all of whom represent powerhouse stables.

O'Brien has Vinson Massif still in the Irish 2000 Guineas, so it will be disappointing if he can't reappear with a win in the Proudstown Rated Race, with only three rivals standing in his way.

His stablemate Just Pretending also has a clutch of big-race engagements and has a hood applied for the Slane Fillies Maiden, where Dermot Weld's Cocktail Hour has the edge in experience.

The Ballydoyle team is represented by League Of Nations - yet another still in Classic lists - in the Come To The Family Day May 19th Handicap, while Friday's facile Dundalk scorer Above The Law attempts to defy a 5lb penalty in the Navan Chairman Handicap, which gets proceedings under way at 5.35.

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