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Stellar show will clinch it

By Ron McKnight

Published 22/07/2016

Sparkling display: Stellar Mass, racing to Magners Ulster Derby success under Kevin Manning at Down Royal, can triumph in the big race tonight
Sparkling display: Stellar Mass, racing to Magners Ulster Derby success under Kevin Manning at Down Royal, can triumph in the big race tonight

Stellar Mass can repeat his Magners Ulster Derby heroics in Her Majesty's Plate which features on tonight's Down Royal card with the historic race carrying listed status for the first time.

Five will face the starter and top trainer Jim Bolger again supports the local track, declaring his Ulster Derby winner Stellar Mass for the big race.

The progressive colt turned out again a week after his victory at the Maze and finished third in the premier Irish Classic, the Irish Derby, at the Curragh finishing third to the excellent Harzand which was completing the Derby double having claimed the Epsom contest in similar facile fashion.

Trainer of the latter Dermot Weld is notably represented by Charming Kitten, unseen on the racecourse for four years since running in a Grade 1 event at Keenland for American handler Todd Pletcher and fitted with blinkers for the first time, the six-year-old is a highly intriguing runner.

Intisari and Fact Or Folklore appear on ratings the dangers with the latter, despite rated 20lbs inferior, possibly capable of completing the forecast.

It is notable Fact Or Folklore finished runner-up at Leopardstown last time to Order Of St George, winner of the race last year before landing the Ascot Gold Cup last month.

Dual Derby winning jockey this season Pat Smullen can claim the opening Magners Irish Cider race on Giselle's Charm following victory at Navan if accounting for Fasuba and Grand Coalition.

The Irish Champion jockey could double up at the Maze on Dapper Man in the EBF two-year-old race having finished runner-up on his debut while Sheisdiesel ran an excellent race at the course last month when third to Confrontational.

Calm Bay, Patience A Plenty and Catwilldo appeal in the sprint handicap with the vote going to the first named and the 10-year-old veteran having shown his wellbeing by winning at Navan last time.

Power Struggle - trained at Caledon by Andy Oliver - having been denied by a nose last time and finishing fourth in the Ulster Derby, along with Full Court Press, appear the principal duo in the Magners Forbidden Flavours Handicap.

Trainer of Full Court Press, Johnny Murtagh, said he would be forced to run his horse tonight under a 5lb mandatory penalty as his runner has actually gone up 13lbs in the ratings.

Brontide can supply the value having beaten Power Struggle at Leopardstown this month.

Sufoof, Elusive Approach and The Yellow Bus are the form trio in the Magners Fillies Maiden with the first named just preferred.

Three Bells, Intense Stylist and Laburnum Park are the form picks in the Magners Light Handicap however Murtagh's Sapphirine could offer the best value.

TONIGHT'S TOP DOWN ROYAL TIPS: 5.35 Giselle's Charm 6.05 Calm Bay 6.35 Stellar Mass 7.05 Brontide 7.35 Dapper Man 8.05 Sufoof 8.40 Sapphirine

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