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Saturday's Tramore meeting preview

Updated: Friday, 31 May 2013 14:44 | Comments

The first race in Tramore is off at 2:30pm
The first race in Tramore is off at 2:30pm

St Jean attempts to build on a pleasing return to action in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, which gets the Tramore fixture under way at 2.30pm.

Kevin Prendergast's Teofilo colt was just over eight lengths behind Ruler Of The World at the Curragh last month and the winner is a lively contender for the Epsom Derby this weekend.

Montjeu Minder had the reopposing Tamaah behind when sixth to the Irish Derby-bound Ralston Road at Leopardstown and could be the chief threat.

The start to Johnny Murtagh's training career hasn't gone quite as the top jockey would have hoped, with Fort Knox flopping in last week's Guineas, but he has three chances on the card, beginning with Benbecula in the August Festival 15th To 18th Rated Race.

The four-year-old has been holding his own in competitive handicaps and was in front of the reopposing top-weight Qasser when sixth at the Curragh earlier in the month.

Murtagh is putting a pair of blinkers on Greatest in an attempt to put his disappointing Navan display behind him in the Annestown Handicap, while his stable companion Manuka has cheekpieces applied as he tries to make it ninth-time lucky in the Dunhill Ladies Maiden, in which he crosses swords with useful jumper Darwins Fox.

Another Charm also has winning form under NH Rules and started her Flat career with a promising second at Clonmel.

She now drops in distance for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden and if she is found wanting for a bit of speed, the most likely beneficiary is Princess Lucy.

Noel Meade probably has a jumping future planned for Rock N Rover, who tackles the Power Clan Gathering Handicap on a lowly mark thanks to three moderate performances in well-contested juvenile events, while Noble Call tries to better his narrow Clonmel defeat in the Book Online At tramore-racecourse.com Handicap.

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