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Celebration drinks on Draft at Down Royal

 

Form yard: Jessica Harrington
Form yard: Jessica Harrington

By Ron McKnight

Her Majesty's Plate features on tonight's Down Royal card card with seven going to post.

The £50,000 listed race attracts a British contender in Altra Vita - the filly trained by Sir Mark Prescott who claimed the event in 2004 and 2005.

This time the trainer applies a first time visor to the horse and has booked former champion jockey Colin Keane to mount his challenge.

Giuseppe Garibaldi makes his seasonal debut, now trained by John Oxx, with the former Aiden O'Brien horse having finished third at Royal Ascot last year.

Jessica Harrington's in form stable runs the top rated The King, winner of just one race but consistent in top company.

Joseph O'Brien has Downdraft engaged with brother and current cham-pion rider Donnacha aboard - his father having won the race several times including with Order Of St George who was later to win the Ascot Gold Cup. The rest of the field appear outclassed by the principals and Downdraft gets the vote to add another O'Brien name to the roll of honour.

Jessica Harrington is enjoying a purple patch and Millisle, winner of his sole start, can land the opener.

The Peckhampouncer, placed in his three starts, and Think Big pose the dangers with the O'Brien trained debu-tante Liquor Scholar one to note.

Sweetest Taboo, with a good draw and winner of his last two starts, is taken to complete the hat trick in the sprint handicap.

Early call and She's My Dream look the dangers while Gopsies Daughter continues to run well but has an adverse draw.

The local veteran Abstraction heads a short list of Aspen Belle, My Lau-reate, True Blue Moon and Enough Said in the Magners Sprint - the latter a winner of her sole effort for trainer Aidan Fogarty who is also represented by French import She's a Babe.

Aidan O'Brien supplies the favourite in the EBF Maiden with Royal County Down the driving force.

Newcomers likely to provide the threats include Convincer, Maker Of Kings, Slade Runner and Out At Dawn with Convincer providing each way value.

Dromana, Lusis Naturea and Roses Queen hold most appeal in the ap-prentice handicap with Adnap notable on his handicap debut. Roses Queen is trained by Cheltenham Gold Cup winning rider turned trainer Conor O'Dwyer with his son Gavin in the saddle and owned by his moth-er, this one can supply a family celebration.

The Johnny Murtagh trained Wildewood, with Colin Keane booked having finished runner up at the course last month, is taken to prevail in the finale. Golden Cliffs and Manard on their handicap debuts can test the selection.

SELECTIONS: 5.30 Millisle, 6.05 Sweetest Taboo, 6.35 Enough Said, 7.05 Convincer, 7.35 Downdraft, 8.05 Roses Queen, 8.35 Wildewood

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