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Cosgrave to get tune from Music

By Ron McKnight

Pat Cosgrave enjoyed his best season to date last year, recording 104 winners.

The tally this term is 38 and the Banbridge jockey heads to Royal Ascot today with prospects of a winner.

Cosgrave partners Light Music for William Haggas in the Group Two Jersey Stakes, the trainer having supplied 14 winners in this season's haul for the top rider.

George Baker is another trainer to have enjoyed considerable success with Cosgrave in the saddle in recent seasons and the pair team up when Boomshackerlacker contests the Royal Hunt Cup.

The horse spent the winter in Dubai registering good efforts but also ran an excellent race in last year's Hunt Cup, finishing twelfth but only eight lengths behind the shock 66/1 winner GM Hopkins.

Cosgrave's mount has shown he can handle soft ground and could prove a major player in the most competitive handicap of the Royal Ascot meeting.

Galileo Gold, with Frankie Dettori aboard, was one of yesterday's big winners, triumphing in the St James's Palace Stakes.

Dettori said: "Everything went to plan. Three Guineas winners, I managed to get first run on the other two.

"He's a Guineas winner, a St James's Palace winner - he's a great horse to have."

The Italian added: "(Trainer) Hugo (Palmer) was so nervous - he made me feel nervous when I talked to him."

The field for Saturday's featured Magners Ulster Derby at Down Royal was reduced to 18 following yesterday's forfeit stage.

Black Sea, one of three entries trained by Aidan O'Brien, is the current top weight with the champion handler also having Lieutenant General and Sword Fighter engaged.

O'Brien's sole victory in the Ulster Derby came in 2009 with Changingoftheguard.

Jim Bolger has a trio still engaged in the showpiece including Stellar Mass while Dermot Weld is represented by Zalfana and Simannka.

Ger Lyons, who landed the £100,000 feature in 2004 with Green Lassy, still has a quintet engaged in the Summer Festival feature while British interest will focus on the Ed Dunlop-trained Manjaam.

The Coolmore Stud-sponsored Ulster Oaks has 13 entered and County Tyrone trainer Andy Oliver - who won the race last year with Witty Repartee - has the mare again engaged along with stable companion Could Should Would.

Ceol Na Nog is seeking a hat-trick for Bolger while Weld and Jessica Harrington are doubly represented in the supporting feature for fillies.

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