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Racing at Gowran Park today is headed by a competitive handicap (1.35pm) where Michael Mulvany's In From The Cold gets a tentative vote after scoring well at Naas in March (stock photo)

Racing at Gowran Park today is headed by a competitive handicap (1.35pm) where Michael Mulvany's In From The Cold gets a tentative vote after scoring well at Naas in March (stock photo)

Racing at Gowran Park today is headed by a competitive handicap (1.35pm) where Michael Mulvany's In From The Cold gets a tentative vote after scoring well at Naas in March (stock photo)

Michael Halford may have the answer in the Listed Martin Molony Stakes (7.05pm) at Limerick this evening with Simsir holding leading claims under Ronan Whelan.

The progressive four-year-old is likely to strip fitter than most of his four rivals having made an impact at the Dubai Carnival in Meydan earlier this year with victory in a lucrative handicap among his three consistent displays.

Having only made his racecourse debut last September, the Zoffany gelding has raced just six times in his short career and should be at home in this company with Whelan's mount tipped to score.

The concluding Patrickswell Maiden (7.35pm) is a fascinating contest with a host of jumps trainers targeting the 1m four and a half furlongs event but it's hard to get away from Ladbrokes Hurdle winner Thosedaysaregone if he delivers his best, although a market check is advisable for Charles Byrne's charge. 

Racing at Gowran Park today is headed by a competitive handicap (1.35pm) where Michael Mulvany's In From The Cold gets a tentative vote after scoring well at Naas in March.

The Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket is a potential target for beaten Irish 1,000 Guineas favourite Albigna.

A Group One winner in Paris last season before finishing fourth at the Breeders' Cup, Jessica Harrington's filly was a warm order for last Saturday's Curragh Classic, but could finish only sixth as Peaceful took the honours.

Connections of Albigna feel the prevailing fast ground may have been to blame for a slightly below-par performance, but remain optimistic for the rest of the season.

Alan Cooper, racing manager for owners the Niarchos Family, said: "Albigna is seemingly fine. She's a little bit stiff and we think she just found the ground a bit too firm."

Belfast Telegraph