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Leopardstown preview

Updated: Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 18:34 | Comments

Dermot Weld brings a strong team to Leopardstown
Dermot Weld brings a strong team to Leopardstown

The fast ground at Leopardstown may have stopped Rite Of Passage appearing in the Seamus And Rosemary McGrath Memorial Saval Beg Stakes, but his trainer Dermot Weld can still call upon Pale Mimosa.

The four-year-old was a good winner in Listed company at York and though she struggled in a Longchamp Group Two after that, she is likely to still be improving after just four career starts.

There's plenty of tough competition in the Listed contest though, with Vintage Crop Stakes place getters Missunited and El Salvador among the opposition.

Weld also holds strong claims in the other Listed event on the card, the King George V Cup, courtesy of Resolute Response.

The Dansili colt stayed on well to open his account at Naas and should relish this extra furlong, though Aidan O'Brien's Count Of Limonade has Pattern-race experience after taking third in the Gallinule, while Fighter Squadron was one place further back and appears to be improving.

The meeting kicks off at 5.50pm with the Irish National Stud Famous Name EBF Maiden, which pits Weld's Whitey O'Gwaun against O'Brien's War Command.

Both have stout pedigrees and are likely to need further in time, so the likeliest winner is the Jim Bolger-trained Intensified, who was less than a length away on his debut at the Curragh.

Another strong Weld contender comes in the Compass Group Ireland Maiden, as Lake District came close to a first success at Naas last time.

O'Brien again opposes, this time with Point Piper, though he disappointed at Navan latest, while Shouranour stayed on from well off the pace to take fourth at Naas and should come on for that run.

Brown Butterfly, Prospectorous and Zeftan all bid to follow up recent wins in the William Fry Handicap, while the RSM Farrell Grant Sparks Handicap could be between Notable Graduate and Domination.

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