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Dundalk preview: Banna Boirche hoping to retain Crowne Plaza handicap

Updated: Thursday, 11 Apr 2013 13:48 | Comments

Banna Boirche eyes Crowne Plaza repeat

The Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Package Handicap is the main course on Dundalk's Friday evening menu.

Banna Boirche landed the mile event last year and Mick Halford's seven-year-old, who narrowly missed out on a valuable prize at Meydan in February, looks primed for another bold bid after a tune-up behind Strait Of Zanzibar nine days ago.

The winner bids to prove that the seasonal debut success was no fluke, while connections of Elusive Ridge, who finished a close-up seventh that day, will be hopeful their representative comes on for that pipe-opener too.

The Tommy Stack-trained Croi An Or is also interesting on his return to action, as is his stablemate Mischief N Mayhem, who attempts to make it third-time lucky in the Louth Land Of Legends Gathering 3rd May Maiden.

Beaten a length into second on both starts at this venue before Christmas, the Nayef filly should find a race this year but League Of Nations, whose debut fourth at the Curragh has worked out well, and the experienced Caged Lightning stand in her way on this occasion.

Galileo newcomer Waver holds an entry in the Derby and, representing Ballydoyle along with North Dakota, is likely to be popular in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden.

However, the standard is set by Dermot Weld's Magnolia Ridge, who went very close when last seen over a mile here in September.

Esytopolishadimond and Atlas Peak both seek hat-tricks in the www.dundalkstadium.com Handicap, while there is less recent winning form on offer in the Dundalk Stadium On Facebook Handicap, although Golden Clubs was a good second here on Wednesday.

Edward Lynam saddles three of the four runners in the opening Group Discounts At Dundalk Claiming Race (6.15), with the Fran Berry-ridden Akasaka and Muck 'N' Brass, who is fresh from a spell in Dubai, looking the most likely types.

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