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Big race: Noel Meade runs Dadoozdart in Ulster Derby
Big race: Noel Meade runs Dadoozdart in Ulster Derby

By Ron McKnight

The Ulster Derby takes centre stage on today's card with a vintage renewal in prospect.

Jim Bolger has trained four winners in the last five renewals and is represented by the Godolphin-owned Halimi.

The £100,000 feature, which is sponsored by drinks company Magners, has attracted a record three cross-channel runners today.

Joseph O'Brien runs a trio, with A Wave Of Sea appearing best having won his last two starts including at the track last time.  

Noel Meade, better known for his major jumps triumphs, runs Dadoozdart - a winner at Naas last time, beating South Pacific which landed the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday, which firmly endorses the form.

Champion jockey Colin Keane is aboard top weight Zander, which is fitted with first time blinkers, for his boss Ger Lyons and, while the distance and going should suit, improvement is required.

Hiroshima is taken to supply the first British victory since Docklands Limo in 1997.

Trainer Michael Mulvany is doubly represented in the supporting feature, the Ulster Oaks, with Latoyah Of North and Stormy Tale - the pair winners last time. 

The last named just gets preference with Camphor, also a winner last time, the danger.   

The Jessica Harrington-trained Invincible Diva, following filling the runner-up spot on her debut, gets the vote in the opener with Flight Command and debutant Helvic Dream the dangers.

Polly Douglas, Twenty Minutes, Sundance Star and Teddy Boy, seeking to give trainer Eddie Lyman a fourth successive win in the race, make most appeal in the sprint handicap.

Cuban Surfer gets the vote in the Sean Graham Handicap, with Finding Nero and Cork Harbour providing the dangers while Every Breath, Lopito and Aneczka represent local connections.

Top trainer Gordon Elliott has Aristocratic Man engaged in the finale with Declan McDonagh booked and, if repeating his effort when finishing runner-up to Japan last season - the winner was subsequently third in the Epsom Derby and ended up in the winner's circle at Royal Ascot yesterday - could prevail at the expense of Karasheni and Wildewood.

SELECTIONS: Ulster derby: 1st Hiroshima, 2nd Dadoozdart, 3rd Future Investment; 1.45 Invincible Diva 2.15  Polly Douglas 2.50 Emily Grace 3.25 Hiroshima 4.05 Stormy Tale 4.45 Cuban Surfer 5.20 Aristocratic Man

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