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Ulster Derby features at Down Royal

Updated: Friday, 20 Jun 2014 15:06 | Comments

Johnny Murtagh will be hoping to build on Urban Moon's win at the Curragh
Johnny Murtagh will be hoping to build on Urban Moon's win at the Curragh

The Magners Ulster Derby, now run over 1m3f for three-year-olds only, is the feature event at Down Royal and Johnny Murtagh's Urban Moon will be out to build on his recent Curragh success.

The former champion jockey enjoyed success in the premier handicap aboard Tijara (1992) and Masilia (2001), and his progressive Galileo colt improved for the step up in trip at Headquarters just under a fortnight ago.

Azurite arrives on a hat-trick for Ger Lyons and is another interesting contender, while Wexford Town steps into handicap company for the first time and the tongue tie may spark an improved display from him.

The Value Cabs Rated Race sees course and distance winners He's Got Rhythm and Strait Of Zanzibar bid to regain the winning thread, but Lyons won this race 12 months ago and his Relentless Pursuit must enter calculations as well.

The action gets under way with the Louis Roederer Handicap at 2.35, and Calm Bay is expected to be a warm order following his Navan win last week.

Harry Rogers' inmate has been handed an 11lb hike for his all-the-way victory and will have to reproduce that form to get the better of the improving Boughtforasong.

The EBF Coolmore Stud Ulster Oaks Fillies Handicap sees the in-form Dermot Weld saddle Vintage Nouveau for just her third career start.

The daughter of Montjeu justified cramped odds when breaking her duck at Clonmel last month and Westpieser (second) subsequently franked the form at Dundalk.

Wateed makes his handicap debut for Weld in the Albany Handicap, but Henson and Snowmane aren't without claims so he will have to step up on his latest Listowel performance.

There are two maidens on the card and Fairyhouse runner-up Jack Naylor should prove a tough nut to crack in the Rainbow Communications Auction Maiden for Jessica Harrington.

Shemshal won over hurdles for Tony Martin here last month and he's expected to make his presence felt in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

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