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Rosebud ready to blossom at Leopardstown

Updated: Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 14:54 | Comments

Dermot Weld's Late Rosebud looks set to impress at Leopardstown
Dermot Weld's Late Rosebud looks set to impress at Leopardstown

Late Rosebud attempts to make amends for a Ballinrobe mishap when she goes to post for the Follow Leopardstown On Facebook Maiden.

Dermot Weld's filly was about to have a big say in the outcome of her third racecourse appearance, only to be the victim of interference and she catapulted Pat Smullen into the turf.

Providing that negative experience has left no lasting scars, she will take plenty of beating, although Inkerman has shown a decent level of form so far as well, while Feasta is an interesting newcomer from the Jim Bolger stable.

Bolger's Teocht has contested some competitive maidens so far and steps up to a mile and a half for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

She was a couple of places behind Al Destoor when fourth at the Curragh most recently, and that John Oxx-trained colt strives to confirm the promise of his excellent debut in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at 6.00.

Aidan O'Brien fits Lake Nova with a hood for the first time and he heads the list of dangers, but the Ballydoyle handler has stronger claims of success with Great Explorer - another in first-time headgear - who tries to supplement last week's Fairyhouse triumph under the steadier of 10st 2lb in the Order Of Malta Ambulance Corps 75th Handicap.

Knights Templar has been in excellent form this season and goes for a hat-trick in the Leopardstown Apprentice Handicap, with the in-form Connor King taking over in the saddle.

Weather Watch made it second-time lucky when upped to an extended mile and a half at Tipperary and Jessie Harrington switches his attention to handicaps in the 1m6f "Ryan Sheridan" Handicap.

Bobskier was a disappointing favourite at Naas, but is another to face a stiffer test of stamina and there will be plenty who keep the faith in the Leopardstown Club Members Handicap.

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