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Updated: Saturday, 22 Mar 2014 13:30 | Comments

Weld, Bolger and O'Brien are Curragh bound

The Flat turf season gets under way at the Curragh on Sunday, with the Group Three Lodge Park Stud EBF Park Express Stakes ensuring it starts with a bang.

Wannabe Better signed off last term with a Listed success, while Euphrasia also struck at that level when last seen.

They could be the pick of the older brigade, but a three-year-old landed the spoils last year and Aidan O'Brien's Dance With Another and Dermot Weld's Vote Often look capable of anything at this early stage in their careers.

O'Brien also saddles top-weight Afonso De Sousa in the www.thetote.com Irish Lincolnshire, while Weld is double-handed with Stuccodor and Defining Year.

Jim Bolger dominated the opening day last season and runs Einsteins Folly, but the very lightly raced Shipyard could have the scope for improvement this term having finished second in a Leopardstown handicap when last seen.

Bolger has won the last three renewals of the Tally Ho Stud EBF Maiden, including with Dawn Approach in 2012, so there will be plenty of eyes on Alainn and Alertness when the race kicks the meeting off at 2.10pm.

Bwana looks a fair sort on breeding for Patrick Prendergast, though, while Weld unleashes the Sheikh Mohammed-owned Initial, so this will be no easy task for Bolger's duo.

Weld, Bolger and O'Brien are all represented in the Elusive Pimpernel Maiden, though the race experience of Weld's duo Bobby's Heart and Rousayan could give them the edge over Aerialist and The Islander.

O'Brien appears to have the upper hand in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden as Belisarius attempts to atone for two agonising defeats, with stablemate Table Rock a more than capable understudy.

Calorie could give Johnny Murtagh victory in the race named after him, the Johnny Murtagh Lifetime Achievement In Racing Madrid Handicap, while English Deer and Sassaway have claims in the Trinity Racing Society Handicap.

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