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Updated: Friday, 11 Apr 2014 16:45 | Comments

Aidan O'Brien saddles Carlo Bugatti and Kingfisher in the PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes
Aidan O'Brien saddles Carlo Bugatti and Kingfisher in the PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes

The PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes has switched to Navan and the last five renewals have been shared between Aidan O'Brien and Jim Bolger.

The pair are responsible for half of the eight-runner field this time, with O'Brien opting not to send Geoffrey Chaucer, instead pinning his hopes on Joseph O'Brien's mount Carlo Bugatti.

Seamie Heffernan is on the more exposed Kingfisher. Bolger saddles Answered and Stirabout.

John Oxx should have plenty to say in the outcome of the Group Three contest because his Ebasani created a big impression when making a successful debut at this venue in the autumn and is bred to excel over middle distances and beyond.

The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes carries Listed status and O'Brien is triple-handed, with expensive purchases Dazzling and Terrific joined by stablemate Dance With Another.

Dermot Weld won the recent 1000 Guineas trial at Leopardstown with Vote Often and is represented by a similarly smart prospect in the shape of I'm Yours.

Weld's Stormfly is the only experienced candidate for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, and her staying-on fourth at Cork won't be lost on her.

How Terrific fares in the Salsabil will provide a guide to the 20 Family Ticket For May 18th Family Day Fillies Maiden chances of Gorteo.

Johnny Murtagh's Classic entry was touched off by the Ballydoyle filly at the Curragh after finishing an honourable fourth behind Australia on debut.

John Constable also mixed it in decent company as a juvenile and now steps out of maidens on an attractive mark of 83 for the Come To The Family Day May 18th Handicap.

The action gets under way at 2.00 with the Navan Welcomes Owners Today Handicap, in which Calling You attempts to confirm his recent Dundalk superiority over runner-up Chillie Billie.

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