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Loch Long leading chase

The countdown to Galway begins in earnest at nearby Ballinrobe this evening.

The ground is likely to be testing as Loch Long and Beauthea —which were pitched in at the deep end in Classic company this summer — are nominated to appreciate the drop in class here.

Loch Long which ran for Tracey Collins in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby probably only has to reproduce his debut third to Vocalised and Ebashan last September to take the Bookmakers Maiden.

The Galileo colt's main danger looks to be the often-placed Blue Ridge Lane, which is being tried in cheekpieces by Dermot Weld after failing to get on terms with Francisco Goya at Naas recently.

Pat Shanahan, who partners Loch Long, made a worthwhile trip to Eastern Europe earlier this month that yielded a double.

Elsewhere, punters may well be keen to follow a couple of decent money-spinners with proven ability to handle both this circuit and going in Gudnis Gracious Me and Vaporetto. At Ayr, meanwhile, Tipperary trainer Mark Loughnane sends over Just For Mary, which is on a hat-trick after two wins at The Curragh recently.

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