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McBratney leads Ulster charge in Festival's Plate Trial

By Frank Brownlow

Colin McBratney is double handed in tomorrow's Down Royal Summer Festival opening day feature.

The Crossgar trainer has Marito and Organisedconfusion in the Tote Galway Plate Trial, having won the Plate itself in 2009 with Ballyholland.

Marito, with Noel McParlan aboard, was second to Make A Track at Down Royal earlier this month over the same two and a half mile distance.

Organisedconfusion is returning to action after a lay-off of over two years.

Tomorrow's seven-race card gets under way at 5.50pm, then attention will turn to Saturday's showpiece Magners Ulster Derby meeting, which also features the EBF Coolmore Stud Ulster Oaks.

Both races - as well as the Value Cabs Handicap - will be broadcast live on BBC Northern Ireland.

Vilman is coming off the back of victory at Navan just last Saturday to have a crack at the £100,000 top of the bill showdown.

Vilman's trainer Michael Halford said: "It's very tempting, a very good prize.

"He stays well and is adaptable enough groundwise."

As for that Navan success, Halford added: "We needed to get a run into him. He needed that to get back in the zone."

Aidan O'Brien will be hard to shift in the Ulster Derby with a three-pronged attack comprising Fields Of Athenry, Ivanovich Gorbatov and Cradle Mountain.

O'Brien also has Easter and Outstanding in the Ulster Oaks, in which Andy Oliver will fly the home flag with the useful Witty Repartee.

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