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Preview: Leopardstown Thursday action

Updated: Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 15:21 | Comments

Tom Queally will partner Tickled Pink
Tom Queally will partner Tickled Pink

There would be no more popular winner at Leopardstown on Thursday evening than Tickled Pink in the Ballyogan Stakes.

The four-year-old filly is one of he first runners from Warren Place since the passing of legendary handler Sir Henry Cecil on Tuesday and there are sure to be some emotional scenes if she prevails.

Given how impressively she scored at this level at Newmarket on her penultimate outing, it is not hard to envisage her doing the same again but the likes of fellow UK raider Place In My Heart, Irish 1,000 Guineas seventh Hanky Panky and the progressive Scream Blue Murder provide stiff competition.

Reply attempts to enter the Royal Ascot picture with a tilt at the Ballycorus Stakes, the other Group Three event on the seven-race card.

Aidan O'Brien's representative holds three entries at the Berkshire track next week and last year's Irish 2,000 third appeared to back to his best with a facile Naas success last week.

He is likely to be given more to think about this time by Lily's Angel, who simply doesn't know how to run a bad race, while impressive Tetrarch Stakes scorer Sruthan will be much happier back at this distance after not getting 1m2f in the Gallinule.

The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden gets the action under way at 5.55 and O'Brien's Bracelet strives to build on her debut in a Naas Listed event, while the Ballydoyle handler introduces the well-bred Iniesta in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden.

Two lengths covered Bensoon, Long Journey Home, Jazz Girl and The Fox Tully when the former scored at Gowran Park a fortnight ago and they do battle again in the Leopardstown Summer Music And Racing Festival Handicap.

There may not be much between them again, while Dane Street and Abbey Vale arrive on the back of encouraging seasonal debut efforts and add further spice to the race.

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