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Leopardstown preview

Updated: Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 22:33 | Comments

The last of Aidan O'Brien's seven wins in the Silver Flash Stakes came in 2011 with Maybe
The last of Aidan O'Brien's seven wins in the Silver Flash Stakes came in 2011 with Maybe

The Silver Flash Stakes is the feature at Leopardstown, with Aidan O'Brien running Perhaps and Wonderfully.

The Ballydoyle handler has won three of the past four renewals and it's interesting to see his son, Joseph, booked to partner Wonderfully.

The Fairyhouse maiden winner ran a respectable race in the Albany at Ascot, shaping like she's ready for this longer trip, while Perhaps has already proven she stays with a course and distance triumph.

There's a big pot up for grabs in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF "Nasrullah" Handicap and O'Brien relies on Fortify.

The lightly-raced colt has shown improved form in defeat since winning at Cork on his seasonal bow and could still have something to spare in spite of a 4lb rise following his latest Curragh second.

Fellow three-year-old Bunairgead has a 5lb penalty for her Listed victory at Roscommon but the drop from a mile and a half might not play to her strengths.

Abbey Vale, Cyclone and Tandem add further intrigue.

Listed honours are on offer in the Challenge Stakes and recent Curragh Cup fourth El Salvador bids to reverse form with runner-up Royal Diamond on 2lb better terms.

The former has since performed below-par when second to Bunairgead, however, and they may both struggle to concede weight to the returning Unaccompanied, who bids to give Dermot Weld a sixth straight success in the race.

The well-bred Geoffrey Chaucer looks to have been found a golden opportunity in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (6.00), with the O'Brien camp also entitled to harbour high hopes for Naas runner-up Il Palazzo in the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show Maiden.

The upwardly-mobile Connor King has strong claims of recording a success in the 'Hot House Flowers' Apprentice Handicap on board Ger Lyons' Campestral Scene, while stablemate Greek Canyon stands out in the Leopardstown Club Members Rated Race.

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