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The €45,000 (£40,000) 'Red God' Handicap (4.15pm) heads affairs at Dundalk today and it may pay to side with Charcor (e/w) as Jessica Harrington's six-year-old can leave his recent form in the rear-view mirror after two abject displays last month on the turf at Cork and the Curragh.  (stock photo)

The €45,000 (£40,000) 'Red God' Handicap (4.15pm) heads affairs at Dundalk today and it may pay to side with Charcor (e/w) as Jessica Harrington's six-year-old can leave his recent form in the rear-view mirror after two abject displays last month on the turf at Cork and the Curragh. (stock photo)

The €45,000 (£40,000) 'Red God' Handicap (4.15pm) heads affairs at Dundalk today and it may pay to side with Charcor (e/w) as Jessica Harrington's six-year-old can leave his recent form in the rear-view mirror after two abject displays last month on the turf at Cork and the Curragh. (stock photo)

The €45,000 (£40,000) 'Red God' Handicap (4.15pm) heads affairs at Dundalk today and it may pay to side with Charcor (e/w) as Jessica Harrington's six-year-old can leave his recent form in the rear-view mirror after two abject displays last month on the turf at Cork and the Curragh.

His form on the all-weather reads 3-1-4-1, however, with both victories coming over this trip and Scott McCullagh's 5lb claim could prove crucial in steering the Choisir gelding home in front, while the Moone handler may also have the answer at Cork tomorrow in the concluding Millstreet Handicap (5.30pm).

Kells stepped up significantly on his previous three career starts when second in a Sligo maiden six weeks ago and there could be more improvement to come under Shane Foley.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

√ Frankie Dettori will forego next week's York Ebor meeting and spend some time in quarantine to partner Palace Pier for the "unbelievable" prize money on offer in tomorrow's Prix Jacques le Marois (2.50pm), but his smash-and-grab French visit may be spoiled.

Seven go to post in the €560,000 (£505,000) Deauville feature but dangers lurk everywhere for John Gosden's St James's Palace Stakes winner in this Group One with an Irish trio looking particularly potent.

This looks a classier renewal than the one which Romanised landed last year but Ken Condon's stable star produced a brilliant performance on his seasonal reappearance and is sure to put up another bold show under Billy Lee.

Aidan O'Brien's Circus Maximus is an admirable performer who was far from disgraced when second in the Sussex Stakes but Harrington's Alpine Star, another recent Royal Ascot winner, can take the spoils.

Stephane Pasquier retains the mount after being just touched off by Fancy Blue in last month's French Oaks and with weight and sex allowances in her favour, the Sea The Moon filly may prove the value in a competitive affair.

√ Rebecca Menzies broke new ground at Pontefract yesterday when Stormy Girl provided her with a first Listed winner in the EBF Highfield Farm Flying Fillies' Stakes.

Menzies cut her teeth in the National Hunt game but is well and truly established as a dual-purpose handler nowadays.

She was sent Stormy Girl by owners Mike and Eileen Newbould in the off season, and the filly ran a blinder first time out when just over a length behind Liberty Beach at Haydock.

A good run over seven furlongs followed - but she was well beaten last time out at York, which meant she went off a 22-1 chance yesterday.

Bounced out of the stalls by Cam Hardie, she never saw another rival and beat Jouska by a length and a quarter.

"We were so fortunate to be sent this horse, she is by far the best I've ever had," said Menzies.

Belfast Telegraph