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O'Brien has it on a Plate

By Ron McKnight

Irish champion trainer Aidan O'Brien can collect the historic Her Majesty's Plate at Down Royal with Order Of St George, partnered by his son and former champion jockey, Joseph.

The feature is the concluding contest on an intriguing seven-race card.

Order Of St George was denied by only a short head on his sole start in Group Three company this season, while winning and recording several placed efforts last term.

The Ballydoyle horse, rated 109 and holding further group race entries, can claim the £20,000 feature.

But while Chapter Seven (102) is next best on ratings, Shrewd could complete the forecast having filled second place on his first start for Magheralin trainer Lee Smyth at Doncaster last month.

The Jessica Harrington-trained Buzz Of Barroso gets a confident vote to land the Magners Irish Cider Handicap if accounting for Oceania Queen and Colour Rhapsody.

Alcock And Brown could be capable of providing a local success in the Apple Orchard Handicap.

The Andy Oliver-trained horse won at Fairyhouse on his penultimate start and if repeating that effort has the Godolphin-owned Monolight - a winner last time for trainer Michael Halford - to beat.

Catwilldo can complete a hat-trick in the opening Magners Sprint Handicap and holds Acroleina and Rigid Rock on recent form.

The locally-trained Boughtforasong has place prospects but Staccato Wolf from Pat Martin's in-form stable - and fitted with first time blinkers - could offer the best each way value.

The EBF Maiden supplies little form and newcomers could dominate the contest.

Prairie Wind, trained at Caledon by that man Oliver, Ms Brinkleys and Roibeard make most appeal of the debutantes and the latter, trained by Ger Lyons who won the race last year, gets the vote while Dodgybingo - with the benefit of experience and a decent effort when fourth last time at Roscommon - can finish in the frame.

Peace Mission looks the likely favourite in the Fillies Maiden following two solid efforts while Sliabh Luachra and Gladly have place prospects but the favourite is not opposed.

The Magners Light Handicap provides a complex contest.

Magheralin trainer Smyth is doubly represented with course and distance winners Norville and Cheers Buddy - the pair supplying the local handler with Derby day success in the past two seasons - while Brutally Honest makes his handicap debut for Tyrone trainer Oliver.

Octavia, Chaplin Bay and Six Of Hearts are the trio making most appeal.

It is notable that trainer Lyons turns out Trust Your Opinion again quickly after running at Naas on Wednesday when the filly was hampered twice.

The Lyons runner could supply the each way value.

DOWN ROYAL TIPS: 5.40 Catwilldo 6.15 Roibeard 6.45 Peace Mission 7.15 Trust Your Opinion 7.45 Buzz Of Barroso 8.15 Alcock And Brown 8.50 Order Of St George

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