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Bellewstown preview

Updated: Tuesday, 20 Aug 2013 21:59 | Comments

Ted Veale (nearest) has to get past some decent opposition at the Co Meath venue
Ted Veale (nearest) has to get past some decent opposition at the Co Meath venue

It could be a case of saving the best until last at Bellewstown as Ted Veale bids to complete a Flat hat-trick in the irishmirror.ie Race.

Tony Martin's County Hurdle winner still holds an entry in Saturday's Ebor at York and a penalty for winning here could be enough to get him in the valuable handicap.

He has a tough enough task, though, as Marchese Marconi is no slouch for Aidan O'Brien and Gimli's Rock is another dual-purpose performer of some ability.

O'Brien saddles Waver in the Bluegrass Horsefeeds Handicap, but after a disappointing run at Galway last time he has a bit to prove, especially against Ballinrobe winner Cullentry Royal and Leopardstown second Cebuano.

The meeting kicks off at 4.00 with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden, where Bleeding Hearts will bid to build on a placed effort at Galway.

Johnny Murtagh runs Ocean Scene and Feeltherhythm, though both were well beaten on their debut outings, so the experienced Tom Dooley could be the biggest threat.

Andrew Oliver has a third of the nine-runner field in the Sean Rothwell Construction Maiden, with Ballinrobe second Tax Reform arguably the pick of the trio.

They will all have to go some to stop Lapis Blue, though, as Dermot Weld's charge improved to take third at Naas last time and could progress again.

Weld has Ealain Aibrean in the Glebe House Stud Nursery Handicap, but she comes up against the likes of easy Naas winner Sign From Heaven and Cork runner-up Candy Apples, who both have very strong claims.

Dundalk scorer Liberty To Rock has Fairyhouse winner Three Bells to contend with in the first division of the Play The Tote Jackpot Handicap, while the second division sees Maudlin Magdalen, another winner on the sand, try to defy a 5lb penalty for that recent success. 

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