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JP McManus and Aidan O'Brien target wins at Downpatrick's Ladies Day

By Ron McKnight

Ireland's leading jumps owner JP McManus and Irish Champion trainer Aidan O'Brien can prove major players at Downpatrick's Ladies Day fixture today.

Barry Geraghty, who replaced Ulster great AP McCoy as McManus's number one retained jockey, travels to the local venue to partner his boss's runners and the trio should enjoy success.

King Leon equipped with blinkers for the first time represents the top team in the handicap chase having finished third in a similar contest at the track in June.

Jessica Harrington has her string in fine form and registered a double on Friday evening at the Maze and has Painted Lady engaged which finished in front of the selection when third at Killarney and the likely favourite looks the one to beat.

Broughtons Bandit is another with major claims having won at Tramore last time and denied by a short head at the venue in June over hurdles. Indian Temple runner-up last time ensures a competitive contest.

Ultimate Horseman looks likely to yet again start favourite in the long distance Miss Northern Ireland Hurdle but following filling the runner-up spot five times, including three times at the track where he won a bumper in May and finished third at Roscommon a fortnight ago, he continues to prove ultra-frustrating for trainer, Gordon Elliott.

Victoryrowe has been running well but Kilclispeen representing the Irish leading owner is taken to improve on his hurdles debut when third at Tipperary having previously won a Punchestown and gets the selection.

The Informer appears the best bet on the card following an impressive win at Ballinrobe last week.

Former Champion Jockey Paul Townend again takes the mount while the hat-trick seeking Mr Mulliner and the locally trained Cousin Bill look the main dangers and Chamonmix trained by Aidan O'Brien if returning to his best would have claims.

The McManus-owned horse having completed a hat-trick of wins on the flat in 2012 appears to have lost his way after an absence.

The opening Magners Hurdle attracts just five runners with little between Iffjack, Killiney Court and Racing Again.

One Tick - a points winner trained beside the course by Brian Hamilton - could supply the value bet in the contest.

DOWNPATRICK TIPS: 2.55 One Tick, 3.30 Kilclispeen, 4.05 The Informer [nap], 4.40 Feel The Air, 5.15 Phantom Prince, 5.45 King Leon, 6.15 Boris De Blae (double)

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