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Marchese Marconi bidding to complete treble in Croome House Stud Handicap

Updated: Saturday, 01 Jun 2013 14:11 | Comments

Aidan O'Brien's Marchese Marconi is likely to take beating in his hat-trick bid
Aidan O'Brien's Marchese Marconi is likely to take beating in his hat-trick bid

Marchese Marconi is on a hat-trick mission in the Croome House Stud Handicap at Listowel on Sunday.

The Galileo colt wasn't sighted for a year after his debut third, and was a costly failure on his Dundalk return, but Aidan O'Brien's patience has been rewarded with victories at Limerick and Killarney.

Given his big-race entries, a mark of 87 could be a lenient one and he should have too much quality for recent Clonmel runner-up Fleur De Nuit.

O'Brien unleashes another son of Galileo when Friendship starts his career in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at 2.10.

His pedigree is all about stamina so the market will be interesting prior to his clash with David Wachman's Ruler Of France and the Dermot Weld-trained Glory Boy, who both shaped like surefire future winners when placing on their own introductions.

Glory Boy's stable companion Cocktail Hour keeps hitting the crossbar and may have to settle for minor honours again because she takes on Lady Giselle in the www.listowelraces.ie Median Auction Maiden.

The John Walsh-trained filly was less than three lengths behind Irish 1000 Guineas fifth Mizzava at Limerick on her penultimate appearance.

Weld will have high hopes for Lucky Kitten in the Jackie & Gene Handicap because the American-bred gelding was impressive when fitted with blinkers for his handicap debut at Gowran Park and now tries to defy a 14lb rise.

Las Encinas was only third when sent off favourite at Wexford recently and bids to make amends in the George Fitzmaurice Handicap, while Maundy Money reached the frame at Gowran Park on Thursday and is set for a swift return to action in the St John's Literary Handicap.

Sweet My Lord has struck in the NH Flat sphere, as well as over hurdles and fences, and he makes his Flat debut in the Bryan MacMahon (QR) Race.

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