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Leopardstown preview

Updated: Sunday, 03 Nov 2013 12:43 | Comments

There is an early start to proceedings with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at 12.25
There is an early start to proceedings with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at 12.25

Leopardstown's meeting on Sunday brings the curtain down on the turf Flat season and features a couple of Listed affairs.

The first is the Knockaire Stakes, in which Big Break and Mizzava lock horns for the third time this season, with Big Break a place ahead of her rival when fourth in the Irish 1000 Guineas, only for the form to be reversed in the Coronation Stakes.

Both arrive on the back of commendable second placings and receive weight from older rivals such as Beacon Lodge and Red Dubawi.

The Eyrefield Stakes also carries Listed status and Mekong River attempts to make it four wins from as many starts, although Mandatario's Dundalk second to Giovanni Boldini was given a boost by the winner's excellent Breeders' Cup performance so he could just about set the standard.

The biggest prize of the afternoon goes to the winner of the Movember Handicap, which sees Totalize and Quick Jack carrying penalties for recent wins, and Ancient Sands attempting to land his fifth victory on the bounce.

There is an early start to proceedings and the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden (12.25) involves Upper Silesian, who has run behind subsequent Group Three scorers My Titania and Crafstman the last twice.

Dermot Weld saddles his first runner for the Aga Khan in Balansiya and the second comes in the following Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden, as Rousayan takes on John Oxx's 250,000gns purchases Streetcar To Stars.

Jumping action at Cork gets under way at 1.10 and while there is a couple of Grade Threes, the highlight is the Paddy Power Cork Grand National Handicap Chase.

Recent Downpatrick winner Ipsos Du Berlais leads a four-strong assault from the Noel Meade stable, while Rockyaboya and Themoonandsixpence represent champion trainer Willie Mullins. Tom Nagle tries for his third win in the race since 2008 with last year's fourth Zardsky.

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