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Conrad among 12 for Kilbeggan feature

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Top billing on Monday's Kilbeggan programme goes to the Galway Races Galway Plate Trial Handicap Chase. Conrad Hastings actually ran in the big one at Ballybrit last summer and he tops the weights now on his first appearance since September.

Henry de Bromhead plotted a similar campaign for the Flemensfirth gelding in 2018, finishing third in the corresponding event to this, before heading for Galway.

Hero of the hour from 12 months back, Draycott Place is in the mix again. John Ryan's great servant arrives here in good nick following a Ballinrobe success three weeks back.

In addition to Conrad Hastings, De Bromhead also has Deans Road doing battle for him and the County Waterford trainer isn't the only one with more than one string to their bow.

Gordon Elliott runs three — Barra (Sean Flanagan), Monatomic (Bryan Cooper) and Mrs Lovett (Denis O’Regan).

There may be easier opportunities for punters elsewhere and patience could be rewarded for those waiting until the concluding Summer Party Pack Discount Group Booking INH Flat Race.

We have the unusual alliance of Gordon Elliott and Patrick Mullins for this two-miler. The Cullentra House handler will give the record-breaking amateur the leg-up on the twice-placed Global Society

The well-bred Shirocco gelding has failed to justify favouritism on both outings, with runner-up efforts. It’s surely a matter of when and not if he makes the breakthrough though.

Global Society’s half-brother Brahma Bull is housed at the Willie Mullins yard and he takes his chance under Paul Townend in the Carmel Fay Memorial Novice Chase.

The Presenting chestnut could supplement a Tipperary win from last month.

However, he’ll have to deal with a formidable challenge from the Joseph O’Brien yard.

O’Brien runs three JP McManus-owned hopes — Ivanovich Gorbatov (Luke Dempsey), Plinth (Niall Madden) and Tigris River (Shane Shortall).

Last-time-out scorers Ravenhill and Father Jed complete the field here.