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Dundalk: Memphis Tennessee can rock in opener

The splitting of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden means tonight's meeting at Dundalk begins at 6.00pm and Memphis Tennessee can strike early for Aidan O'Brien.

The 150,000gns Hurricane Run colt offered encouragement on his debut at Cork in August and has been given time to strengthen up since then.

Giant Serapis sets a decent standard, though, and finished second to subsequent Group One winner Recital before a slightly disappointing third at Leopardstown, where the re-opposing Sportsmaster was one place ahead of him.

O'Brien's Long Live The King tackles the second division and bids to atone for a costly failure at this venue last month, with Miss Windley and John Oxx's newcomer Narjawa the biggest threats.

The Oxx-trained Swing Pattern came close to breaking his duck at Cork on his most recent appearance and will be aiming to go one better in the mile maiden.

Sahaayeb and Bosphorus Queen return from long spells on the sidelines, so Dermot Weld's Astrakham could give Swing Pattern most to think about.

The richest race on the card is the dundalkstadium.com Handicap, where O'Brien again flexes Ballydoyle's muscle with recent course second Greatwallofchina.

He has never made an impact over this shorter six-furlong trip, so the one to be on could be recent winner Iron Major, though Solent Ridge and Mountain Coral cannot be ignored either.

David Wachman has a very interesting challenger in the |bookings@dundalkstadium.com Nursery Handicap in recent Leopardstown third Quaintly, but O'Brien's Harrison's Cave and the Kieran Purcell-trained Burrenbridge Lodge will ensure this is a real test.

Mark Johnston will be hoping first-time blinkers do the trick for Herostatus in the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap.

Meanwhile, at Thurles yesterday, the Mouse Morris-trained The Hurl gained his first victory over fences when taking the www.thurles-races.ie Beginners Chase.

Hot-favourite Morning Supreme cut out much of the running, but her fall at the third last left The Hurl clear and he maintained his advantage to score by 10 lengths from Roi Du Mee.

Willie Mullins, Morning Supreme's trainer, gained some compensation as 5/4 favourite Ballyhaunis proved too good for his rivals in the Clonoulty Hurdle.

Horse Racing Ireland has scheduled two new fixtures for next month.

Navan will now stage a meeting on Wednesday, December 1, with Cork racing on Tuesday, December 14. The card at Wexford on November 27 has been cancelled due to a waterlogged track, while Fairyhouse’s December 2 meeting is also off.

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