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Updated: Sunday, 04 Aug 2013 16:26 | Comments

Northern Rocked now heads for Naas

Northern Rocked formed part of another excellent Galway Festival for Dermot Weld and makes a quick return to action in the Tipper Road Rated Race at Naas.

The seven-year-old took in the seven-furlong premier handicap for the third consecutive season on Saturday and finally landed the spoils, holding off last year's winner Pintura by half a length.

He steps out of handicap company now and takes on fellow Galway winner Footprint and the hat-trick-seeking Greek Canyon, as well as In Salutem, who found the drop to the minimum trip against him in the Rockingham on Irish Oaks weekend.

Juniper Tree is the first foal of Alexander Goldrun and showed plenty of the family talent to take third on his debut behind well-regarded stablemate Australia.

He will be fancied to go two better in an Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden that has attracted a host of interesting newcomers, while his trainer Aidan O'Brien unleashes a noteworth debutant of his own in the opening Michael T O'Maille Race.

Great White Eagle has four previous winners to get to grips with, not least Zakhm, Gold Peregrine and Remember You, but he fetched 760,000gns back in the spring so lots will be expected on his first competitive look at a racecourse.

O'Brien will also be hoping Rip Van Winkle's sister A Star Is Born can leave last autumn's moderate introduction a long way behind when she reappears in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

The Pat Downey-trained Three Bells made it 11th-time lucky at Fairyhouse, and Joseph O'Brien keeps the partnership intact for the Follow Naas On Facebook Handicap.

Jumbo Steps goes in search of a hat-trick in the www.naasracecourse.com Handicap, while General Bunching broke his turf duck when last seen and attempts to repeat the dose over the same course and distance in the Naas Apprentice Handicap.

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