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Aidan O'Brien pair set for Leopardstown outing

Updated: Thursday, 05 Jun 2014 15:01 | Comments

Aidan O'Brien
Aidan O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien unleashes a couple of his more promising four-year-olds in the Seamus & Rosemary McGrath Memorial Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown.

Already responsible for Ascot Gold Cup favourite Leading Light, the Ballydoyle squad for the staying championship might be bolstered should Eye Of The Storm return with a bold display in this Listed event, and he already has form at the Berkshire circuit after finishing a close-up third there on Champions Day.

His stablemate Venus De Milo, who occupied the runner-up berth in the Irish and Yorkshire Oaks last term, is likely to be targeted at major middle-distance prizes but more avenues would open for her should she prove her stamina for this mile-and-three-quarter trip.

The John Oxx-trained Tarana accounted for O'Brien's El Salvador at Limerick and is a worthy adversary, as is Mick Winters' admirable mare Missunited.

The King George V Cup provides able support to the feature and sees Sinkal attempting to confirm the promise of his successful Curragh debut, although Ballydoyle colt John Constable is more battle-hardened and this could book his ticket to something like the Queen's Vase.

War Command won the Irish National Stud Famous Name EBF Maiden en route to Coventry Stakes glory last season and the choicely-bred Gleneagles and Toscanelli represent O'Brien in the opener (5.55) this time.

Oxx's Ponfeigh was an encouraging third to his Derby-bound stablemate Ebanoran on his sole juvenile appearance and returns to action in the RSM Farrell Grant Sparks Maiden.

Breathe Easy is on a hat-trick mission in the William Fry Handicap, while Artful Artist turns out just seven days after a Down Royal triumph in the Compass Group Ireland Handicap.

Carried and Melanippe lock horns in the Backes & Strauss Handicap on the back of last-start victories, but this is a competitive affair with Hurricane Jojo, Truthwillsetufree and Edge Of Sanity also bringing useful recent form to the table.

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