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Morga's magic touch can bring home bacon at Down Royal

By Ron McKnight

Morga can bring home the bacon in the Kerry Foods Rated Hurdle at this evening's Musgrave Retailers Race Night at Down Royal.

Trainer Dessie McDonogh appears to have found an opportunity for the filly to win again over hurdles.

Trainer Tony Martin is doubly represented with Pires and Cassells Rock, the latter the stable number one and likely favourite - and if repeating his effort when a narrow runner-up at Punchestown in April will be hard to beat.

In a tight contest Dai Bando - Ruby Walsh aboard - and West Montan also enter calculations.

The opening Coors Juvenile Hurdle has attracted a near maximum field.

Persiflage, Lake Champlain and Social Climber filled second, third and fourth on their debut over flights at Roscommon.

Social Climber is trained by Kevin Prendergast who also has Masterchippy engaged.

Persiflage is one of five runners representing trainer Gordon Elliott and likely favourite while Tony Martin is doubly represented, with Tudor City - a winner on the level at the Galway Festival - the pick of his pair. Top jockey Ruby Walsh is booked.

B Cosmos and Uno Voce are a notable duo making their hurdling debut.

B Cosmos, trained in Kildare by Willie McCreery with Mark Walsh on board, could offer the best each value in an above average renewal.

Colla Pier, Emmy Lou, Flavianna and Miss North Light look the principal quartet of contenders in the Allied Bakeries Mares Hurdle with Mouskersize a notable debutante. However Colla Pier is taken to deny Emmy Lou.

Rock On Rosie, Ciankyle and Mossy Island are a trio of winners on their latest efforts and should dominate the SHS Group Handicap Hurdle while Authorative has been consistently placed in recent starts and again has place prospects.

Little Mitch, Red Jacket and Spicy Fruity hold the best form claims in the Tayto Hurdle while former point to pointer Duel At Dawn should be noted in the market and makes his course proper debut for trainer Tony Martin. Little Mitch could supply top jockey Mark Walsh with a win.

Mustadrik, trained by Gordon Elliott, is taken to return to form in the SCA Group Handicap Hurdle having completed a mixed hat-trick of victories earlier in the year.

May Dullea, Our Sox and Tipped Up Harry look the dangers while it is notable that Lord Of Isenay makes his debut for trainer Karl Thornton who has won this race twice in the past three years.

The concluding Dale Farm bumper could yield a local success with Cottersrock - trained at Banbridge by Gerry Cosgrave - having finished runner-up at Kilbeggan earlier this month and the form pick.

DOWN ROYAL TIPS: 4.20 B Cosmos (e/w) 4.50 Colla Pier (double) 5.25 Morga 6.00 Mossy Island 6.30 Little Mitch 7.05 Mustadrik 7.35 Cottersrock (nap)

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