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Updated: Friday, 18 Oct 2013 17:14 | Comments

Brendan Brackan (l) landed the Solonaway Stakes at the Curragh
Brendan Brackan (l) landed the Solonaway Stakes at the Curragh

Brendan Brackan tries to give weight and a beating to six rivals in the Listed corkracecourse.ie Navigation Stakes on Saturday.

Ger Lyons' rapidly improving four-year-old earned a Group Three penalty by landing the Solonaway Stakes at the Curragh, with the much-vaunted Darwin back in third.

He has also collected a big pot at the Galway Festival this year and he could be on his travels after this.

Heading the opposition is Tandem, who was behind Brendan Brackan at Ballybrit but has since made the frame in Group Three company, while Line Drummer and Rich Coast also have to be respected, even though they step up from handicaps.

Fast In The Wind came to hand early and struck at the Curragh's second fixture of 2013, but he hasn't been seen since finishing fourth in a Listed heat there at the Guineas meeting and returns in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race.

Up against him is the Aidan O'Brien-trained Expedition, who was less than three lengths behind Great White Eagle in the Round Tower Stakes, although the winner hardly bolstered the form in last week's Middle Park.

O'Brien's John Constable hasn't looked like following in the Classic hoofprints of his brother Leading Light, but his efforts at Gowran Park and Roscommon have suggested a race such as the Coolmore Excelebration Maiden is within his compass.

Shadagann beat all bar subsequent Irish Derby hero Trading Leather at Gowran in September 2012 and although he hasn't been sighted since, he is still of interest in the Cork Racecourse Facebook Maiden.

Modista justified favouritism with a clear-cut success at the Listowel Festival and will be hard to beat, despite an 8lb rise, in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap, while recent Navan victor Big Bad Lily is reunited with Ross Coakley for the opening Mallow Apprentice Handicap at 2.05.

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