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Aidan O'Brien's Half Moon to be tested by Mischief N Mayhem and Sharp Crisp Air

Updated: Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:41 | Comments

Aidan O'Brien
Aidan O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien is gearing up for a Classic weekend and warms up with just one runner at Clonmel on Thursday.

Half Moon has a Classic pedigree in her own right, in that she is out of Irish 1000 Guineas and dual Oaks runner-up Quarter Moon, and she was only one place behind subsequent Group Three-winning stablemate Just Pretending on her Dundalk comeback.

She drops back slightly in trip for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, which kicks off proceedings at 5.55pm, and has most to fear from the slightly more experienced pair of Mischief N Mayhem and Sharp Crisp Air.

The latter's trainer, Dermot Weld, is represented in the Fethard Maiden by Treasure The Ridge.

A Galileo gelding from the family of High Chaparral, he hasn't hit the heights perhaps expected of him so far but a repeat of his latest third at Limerick would be good enough for him to take a hand in this finish, with the step up to a mile and a quarter also in his favour.

Longshadow got off the mark on his handicap debut at Wexford last Saturday and Patrick Prendergast turns him out again quickly under a penalty in the 'Girls Night Out At Clonmel Races' Handicap before the assessor takes his revenge.

Time Travel has been given slightly longer to recover from his surprise Dundalk defeat of The Black Devil, although the runner-up re-opposes on 3lb better terms in the Jossestown Handicap.

The National Hunt action gets under way with the Clonacody (C & G) Maiden Hurdle, in which Elijah Gardner attempts to build on his improved effort to finish third at Kilbeggan at the beginning of the month.

Sulki Rose was just touched off at Down Royal and has a 3lb rise to contend with in the Powerstown Park Handicap Hurdle, while Faustina Pius has let down favourite-backers the last twice and bids for redemption in the Team Tipperary GAA Race Evening June 14th Mares Maiden Hurdle.

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