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Updated: Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 15:37 | Comments

Sir Ector won the Ulster Derby at Down Royal in June
Sir Ector won the Ulster Derby at Down Royal in June

Down Royal saves the best for last on Friday night with the feature Her Majesty's Plate bringing down the curtain on a seven-race card.

Dabadiyan graduates from handicaps on the back of a commanding performance at the Irish Derby fixture.

His Group One entries suggest even better is to come from him.

Main danger Sir Ector beat all bar Royal Diamond in the Challenge Stakes at Leopardstown last week and he has to be respected by the Aidan O'Brien team.

Jamie Piggott, son of the great Lester, couldn't make an impact on his first ride in public recently, but he now gets the leg-up on Captain Moonlite.

He attempts to better a couple of placed efforts in the opening Magners Irish Cider EBF Auction Maiden at 5.40.

His stable companion Overland Express broke his duck at Cork when last seen and Tommy Stack raises his sights for the Apple Orchard Handicap.

Rockview Emperor also steps out of maiden company for the first time and takes in the Magners Light Handicap on the back of a much improved second at Tipperary.

Harpist has been very expensive to follow this campaign, but she finished ahead of Surreal at Gowran Park and will be fancied to confirm that superiority in the Magners Berry Maiden.

Toccata Blue landed the handicap for grey horses at the Curragh last weekend and is turned out under a 3lb higher mark in the Now Is A Good Time Handicap

Andy Oliver's consistent Target Acquired heads the list of challengers.

Strandfield Lady has had even less time to recover from her latest exertions, but she wasn't that hard pressed to score at Ballinrobe on Monday.

She should be fresh enough to take on recent Curragh runner-up Saratoga Baby in the www.downroyal.com Fillies Handicap.

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