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Down Royal delivers world of expectation for Hidden Universe

By Ron McKnight

Published 09/09/2016

Rivalry: Highly fancied Hidden Universe will face some stern competition from Gusty Rocky and Automated this afternoon
Rivalry: Highly fancied Hidden Universe will face some stern competition from Gusty Rocky and Automated this afternoon

The Ulster Cesarewitch, sponsored by West Coast Cooler, features on this afternoon's Down Royal card.

Last year's race supplied a dead heat and another competitive contest looks likely.

The Pat Flynn-trained Gusty Rocky gets the vote after being unlucky over hurdles last time when denied a clear run at Cork.

Hidden Universe, trained by Dermot Weld, finished fourth at Galway on Monday and appears the likely favourite.

Automated was a solid third at the Galway Festival when Lisa's Legacy filled fourth. Gusty Rocky can deny Hidden Universe and Automated on his return to the level.

Hunaina, runner-up on his last three efforts, can land the opener with Childhood the alternative.

Trainer Jessica Harrington claimed the auction maiden last year and is doubly represented in this afternoon's renewal with A Beautiful Dream and Lady Morel - the latter fourth on her debut at the course in July.

Ger Lyons also has a duo of runners with stable jockey Colin Keane opting for Hansian Prince, second at Navan last time out.

Delegating was a good second at the Galway Festival while Trevanna makes her debut for trainer Kevin Prendergast, with Milish another notable debutant. The combination of Harry Rogers and Pat Smullen always makes a formidable duo and the pair are represented by Ontheiflist, however the form book points to Delegating.

The Nursery is another tricky contest with Duck Egg Blue, Noble Intention and Joyce Compton appearing the principal trio but it is the latter who is expected to register back-to-back victories.

The Weatherbys Handicap sees numerous horses renew rivalry.

Jumbo Steps won at Sligo on his last start, while Our Manekineko and Oor Jock are both regular contenders at this level.

Lightening Stricks, despite drawn widest of the field, has shown a degree of improvement and could offer the each way value.

Our Rachael, trained by Tony Martin, ran well to finish fifth over hurdles at the last Maze meeting and could provide the answer in the Apprentice handicap.

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