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Alive Alive Oh set for competitive bow in Curragh

Updated: Friday, 13 Sep 2013 16:13 | Comments

The Oxigen Environmental EBF (C & G) Maiden at  is the opening race on Saturday, 1.55pm
The Oxigen Environmental EBF (C & G) Maiden at is the opening race on Saturday, 1.55pm

Alive Alive Oh could finally taste competitive action again in the Lanwades Stud Blandford Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday.

Tommy Stack's filly looked a budding superstar when demolishing the reopposing Magical Dream in a Navan Listed affair in May, since when she has been pulled out of the Ribblesdale, Pretty Polly Stakes and the Irish Oaks.

She will need to be on her game to compete with some classy rivals, with Hot Snap arriving from Britain on the back of a third in the Nassau Stakes, while Shirocco Star deserves a prize of this nature and Princess Highway would be a big player if recapturing last season's form.

Group Three honours are up for grabs in the Newbridge Grassroots Festival Renaissance Stakes and smart sprinter Maarek has his first start for Barry Lalor.

Cristoforo Colombo is the headline act here, however, because he was last seen finishing fifth in the 2000 Guineas and could take high rank as a sprinter.

His trainer Aidan O'Brien takes the wraps off a couple of interesting newcomers, particularly Rip Van Winkle's brother Illusive, in the opening Oxigen Environmental EBF (C & G) Maiden at 1.55.

The Ballydoyle handler will give the leg-up to his daughter Sarah on Fairylike in the Tipperary Crystal Amateur Derby (QR) Handicap, although the five-year-old mare is generally exposed, and there is more to like about the chances of Dancers Dilemma and Sceilg, both of whom represent leading trainer/jockey combinations.

Yulong Baoju and Summer Isles both struck on the Dundalk all-weather last weekend and now cross swords in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF "Bold Lad" Sprint Handicap, while Ned's Indian attempts to supplement a Killarney triumph in the Derek O'Sullivan Memorial Apprentice Handicap.

Regulation beat all bar Moran Gra in the Irish Cambridgeshire here recently and attempts to go one better in the Irish Field Handicap.

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