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Tipperary preview: O'Brien eyeing Listed success

Updated: Thursday, 07 Aug 2014 22:42 | Comments

Aidan O'Brien's Indian Maharaja is looking for back-to-back success in Tipperary
Aidan O'Brien's Indian Maharaja is looking for back-to-back success in Tipperary

Aidan O'Brien bids for back-to-back wins in the Coolmore Canford Cliffs Stake, one of two Listed races at Tipperary on Friday evening.

Indian Maharaja built on a debut success when winning the event 12 months ago and his stablemate East India boasts a similar profile this time around, being a Galileo colt who also won first time out.

However, Tombelaine ran a big race when just failing to make it two from two in a Leopardstown Group Three and provides a real stern test for the Ballydoyle inmate.

Convergence was just a neck behind Dermot Weld's charge last time and will be looking to put his superior experience to good use.

The first Listed event on the card is the Kilfrush Stud Abergwaun Stake, in which Russian Soul attempts to follow up his victory in the five-furlong event last year.

Mick Halford's six-year-old confirmed his well-being when returning from a spell in Dubai with a short-head second in this grade at Fairyhouse, edging the reopposing Jamesie for the silver medal spot.

Abstraction was beaten less than three lengths into third 12 months ago and also tried his luck at Meydan in the winter, while the TIm Pitt-trained Sir Maximilian carries English hopes.

A decent pot is up for grabs in the Connolly's Red Mills Handicap and Eddie Lynam's Lady Mega will have plenty of supporters following her good fourth in a valuable Curragh handicap.

There are no shortage of dangers in a competitive heat, including Tylery Wonder, who will relish a return to the minimum distance, and Sassaway, who goes well at the venue.

The McGrath Oil Maiden kicks things off at 5.35 and O'Brien's Simply A Star appears to have a good opportunity to finally break his duck after a string of encouraging efforts in defeat.

Looper can step up on promising debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies Maiden, while Anner Queen is interesting in the TipperaryRaces.ie Apprentice Handicap after returning to form when third at Down Royal last month.

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