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Colin Keane gives Birdcage edge for Royal Ascot bid

By Martin Kelly

Birdcage could be bound for Royal Ascot next month after the young filly impressively broke her maiden at Dundalk.

The daughter of Showcasing - ridden by Colin Keane, trained by Ger Lyons and owned by Qatar Racing - was backed into 4-11 favouritism for last night's five-furlong Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden and readily accounted for Miss Phillyjinks by four and a half lengths.

"We think she's a stakes filly and we'll decide now between the Queen Mary and the Listed race at Naas," said Lyons.

Keane and Lyons doubled up with Cape Wolfe in the Handicap.

Majeed can continue to make up for lost time with victory in Kempton's Handicap.

The five-year-old has clearly not been the most straightforward of inmates for David Simcock as he will be having just his seventh career outing and has a lengthy absence on his record.

Unplaced on his sole juvenile start, Majeed won one of four starts as a three-year-old before then going on to the sidelines for 17 months when all was obviously not right.

However, he returned in a blaze of glory at Chelmsford in March, overcoming that long lay-off to hold off Zampa Manos by a neck in what appeared to be a competitive enough heat.

Majeed came through late in the day to snatch that prize and the margin of his win means the handicapper could not be too harsh, with Simcock's runner looking eminently capable of defying a 3lb rise.

Anya did not shine on her return to action but is worth another chance in the 32Red On The App Store Handicap.

She had enjoyed a decent campaign in 2014, winning once in six starts, but she failed to cut much ice on her first attempt at Chelmsford last month.

Henry Candy's charge stayed on at just the one pace to be beaten five lengths but she may well have needed the run and should feel the benefit.

Tajathub should go well in the 32Red Casino Median Auction Maiden Stakes after being beaten by the well-regarded Peterhof on his only start last term.

Dreese is worth another chance in Ayr's Farrar McCamley Handicap after failing to sparkle at Ripon earlier this month.

Twice a winner on the all-weather last spring, he turned in a couple of disappointing efforts before the turn of the year and was sold at Tattersalls in February.

Now with Richard Fahey, he sported a first-time eyeshield on his return and the Musley Bank trainer has chosen to keep the headgear.

Roy Rocket is on a roll now and he can bring up his hat-trick in the Menzies Distribution Ltd Handicap at Lingfield.

He won an ordinary race at Brighton in April before following up under a penalty at the same track just a week later.

While he is no world-beater, he will continue to do trainer John Berry proud.

Crack Away Jack can show he still retains a bit of spark in the Feldon Dunsmore Handicap Hurdle at Warwick.

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