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Curragh preview

Updated: Sunday, 04 May 2014 15:16 | Comments

Magician, ridden by Joseph O'Brien, comes home to win at the Curragh last year
Magician, ridden by Joseph O'Brien, comes home to win at the Curragh last year

Last year's Irish 2000 Guineas hero Magician makes his return to home shores for the Group Three High Chaparral EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh on Monday.

Aidan O'Brien's charge went on to land the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita, and returned to action this term in Dubai, when sixth in the Sheema Classic.

He looks the one to beat back on his own patch, though Parish Hall represents Jim Bolger and is a Group One winner in his own right.

The Canford Cliffs EBF Athasi Stakes is the other Group Three on the card and sees Tahaany bid to make it a hat-trick of successes after notching her second win at Cork.

Fellow Dermot Weld inmate Flying Jib is also on a hat-trick but lacks a recent run, while Wannabe Better will be fit from her third in the Gladness Stakes over course and distance.

The Great War looked a very exciting prospect when cantering home on his debut at Tipperary and he goes in the Most Improved EBF Race, which gets proceedings under way at 2pm.

Royal Ascot has already been mooted for O'Brien's son of War Front, and Bolger's duo of Fresh Focus and Intense Style will have to be very smart to stop him.

Bolger and O'Brien lock horns in the Power EBF Tetrarch Stakes, with Cork winner Focus On Venice the choice of Kevin Manning ahead of Bolger's other runner Intensical.

O'Brien has a quartet in the race, though, with Great White Eagle and Michaelmas arguably the pick, while Alkasser impressed at Cork last time and could have improved enough in the interim to challenge for Weld.

Bolger and Manning have strong claims in the PG Duffy & Sons Citroen Handicap with Dynamite Dixie, as well as with Chance To Dance in the concluding Congratulations Karoline and Neil Wright On Your Wedding Today Maiden.

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