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Lines Of Battle heads list of classy performers in Sunday's Silver Stakes at the Curragh

Updated: Saturday, 08 Jun 2013 13:34 | Comments

Lines Of Battle (right) leads the field on his way to victory in the UAE Derby
Lines Of Battle (right) leads the field on his way to victory in the UAE Derby

Though the TRM Silver Stakes at the Curragh only carries Listed status, it has attracted a number of classy performers, including Aidan O'Brien's Lines Of Battle.

A Listed winner at Dundalk as a juvenile, the War Front colt landed the UAE Derby out in Meydan and was far from disgraced when staying on for seventh in the Kentucky Derby last time.

This looks far from a cakewalk, though, as Trading Leather's Dante second was franked by the winner's second in the Derby, while the unexposed Zand and the consistent older horse Captain Joy cannot be ruled out either.

The meeting gets under way at 2.20 with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, and it's a case of notebooks at the ready with the newcomers on display.

Johnny Murtagh runs Beauty's Forte, Dermot Weld has Bush Pilot in the race, while O'Brien saddles Dove Mountain, though they all lack the experience of Jim Bolger's Freedom Square, which may prove key.

Older horses get their chance to get off the mark in the Irish Field Maiden, with Bolger again looking to hold outstanding claims with Wexford Opera.

The trainer won the TRI Equestrian EBF Fillies Handicap last year and sends recent course winner Maggie Dalton to defend the crown, but Willie McCreery has been enjoying a fantastic time with Valbucca, who could complete a four-timer in the race.

There are several last-time-out winners in the TRM Invest In Calphormin Handicap and it will be hard to pick out a single horse from Plinth, Protestant, Tooreen Legend and Todd, though the latter's light weight could be to his advantage.

The returning Regal Power meets the in-form Bainne in the TRM Excellence In Equine Nutrition Handicap, while the TRM Supporting Global Champions Maiden could be between Weld's Cork third Alkali and the Ger Lyons-trained Beatboxing.

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