Carlingford Stakes Preview

Thu 15th Nov 2012, 19:35

Banna Boirche leads them home at Dundalk one more time
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Trainer Mick Halford feels Banna Boirche's fondness for Dundalk will stand him in good stead for the Carlingford Stakes on Friday night.

The six-year-old gelding has won eight times at the County Louth circuit, and was last seen staying on for third over this course and distance in October.

Halford said: "He's been a wonderful servant and this looks a lovely race.

"He was slowly away last time, but he's a horse you have to keep on the bridle for a long time so Shane (Foley) had to just creep into contention.

"He's run over this trip two times and just about gets it. He loves it at Dundalk so we'd be hoping for another big run."

Connections of Romantic Stroll are less convinced the three-year-old will stay the extended mile-and-a-quarter journey.

The Tommy Stack-trained filly claimed fourth place in a one-mile Listed affair last Friday, having previously won at Leopardstown in June.

Fozzy Stack, the County Tipperary handler's son and assistant, said: "We'd be delighted if she could finish in the first three.

"She was staying on last time, but you could argue the trip would be a slight concern. She's in very good form, though, so hopefully she'll run well."

Eight runners have been declared for the Carlingford, in which Jim Bolger is ably represented by the hat-trick-seeking Paene Magnus and Loreto, a winner at Listowel last time out.

Dermot Weld, successful in this race 12 months ago with Celebrity Sevi, saddles Starstruck, who was victorious here towards the end of October.

Jessie Jane, King's Trail and Muck 'N' Brass complete the line-up.

Battaash v Lady Aurelia

Following his breath-taking four length victory in the 2017 running of the Prix de L’Abbaye, it is difficult to envisage that any horse can beat Battaash over 5 furlongs when in that sort of form. It was a stunning performance where he made Group 1 sprinters look ordinary. A field that included the Nunthorpe Stakes winner Marsha in behind. So can he confirm himself as the top sprinter around or will it be another Royal Ascot success for the American speedster Lady Aurelia when the pair clash next month? Here we look at each horses credentials heading in to one of the most anticipated clashes of the season. You can see the latest betting on Royal Ascot now in which Star Sports currently make Battaash 11/4 favourite ahead of 3/1 Lady Aurelia to win the King Stand Stakes on 19th June.

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