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Alluringly can taste success to keep the good times rolling for O'Brien

 

By Tom Kelly

It seems folly to even contemplate opposing Aidan O'Brien at the moment, such was his overwhelming domination on Guineas weekend at Newmarket.

To that end, Alluringly ought to get the job done in today's Group Three Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks.

One of five initial entries made by O'Brien, this Fastnet Rock filly did not show a great deal as a juvenile, but she certainly looked the part upon her return to the fray in a nine-furlong maiden at Tipperary in April.

Alluringly smashed up a fair field by nearly five lengths, and finished off her race so sweetly that it is hard not to see her getting this longer trip.

Who Dares Wins can make a rousing return to Flat racing by winning the Chester Cup.

Alan King's stayer has been kept busy over hurdles during the winter, and ended up finishing third in the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.

Who Dares Wins should be pretty fit from the jumps and races at Chester off a nice weight. He also has the assistance of Tom Marquand, who rarely lets anyone down.

The son of Jeremy was shrewdly campaigned by King last season, so much so that he only had three outings on the level - the most compelling of which came at this track in July.

Sent off a 6/1 chance for a strong handicap over a mile and a half, the five-year-old gelding had the time of his life on the Roodee, skilfully handling the track's capricious streak to account for Against The Odds by five lengths.

There is a strong suspicion this has been the plan ever since that day last July, while the prospect of fast ground will hold terrors.

Majestic Hero is seemingly on the march and has enough about him to take the Boodles Diamond Handicap.

A wind operation during the winter has had a galvanising effect on this five-year-old gelding, which fairly hosed up in a five-furlong handicap at Epsom late last month.

The handicapper has since had his say, of course, but there are clearly more races to be won with the fast-ground-loving Majestic Hero, which is reunited with Jamie Spencer.

Meanwhile, Sizing John is to be aimed at the £1m bonus for winning the Betfair Chase at Haydock, the King George VI Chase at Kempton and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Jessica Harrington is also responsible for Irish Grand National winner Our Duke, which will be kept closer to home before a possible clash with Sizing John in the Cheltenham Gold Cup next March.

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