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Beauty will turn heads in Ballyroan

In the penultimate 'Racing Rocks At Leopardstown' night Alabama 3 roll into town to provide the after racing entertainment following a seven-race card in which the Group Three Ballyroan Stakes is the feature event.

The star attraction on show is Dermot Weld's Profound Beauty who continues to gear up for a possible attempt at the Melbourne Cup later this year.

The six-year-old suffered a surprise defeat at the Curragh on her penultimate outing but had victorious appearances here at Leopardstown either side of that including last time when winning the listed Challenge Stakes.

Only four were declared to take on the likely long odds on favourite and she is an obvious NAP selection with John Oxx's Akzar likely to take the runner-up berth.

Things get underway this evening with a two-year-old maiden in which Weld and Pat Smullen team up with A Word Apart who could only manage to finish sixth when favourite at Galway last week.

Third on that occasion was Aidan O'Brien's Alexander Pope and he should be able to confirm that form here and open his account at the third time of asking with Johnny Murtagh onboard.

Solent Ridge is likely to be sent off the favourite in the Dodder Handicap but it is worth taking a chance on FinicIus to return to winning ways for Eoin Griffin whose string are rapidly returning to top form.

Griffin was rewarded with two winners at the Galway Festival last week as well as some other eye- catching performances and this drop in class for his six-year-old may prove a rewarding one with Johnny Murtagh the man entrusted to do the steering.

Priomhbhean is the most inexperienced of the 17 fillies that are set to face the starter for the fillies handicap at 6.30, but Jim Bolger's daughter of Galileo, who carries the Ennistown Stud colours, may well be good enough to overcome her inexperience to make it two on the trot and a winning start in handicap company.

One who has been expensive to follow has been Saajidah, a filly trained by Kevin Prendergast who has finished second on four of her five starts -- including behind St Nicholas Abbey -- and fourth on the other one.

She was a beaten favourite last time at Wexford but a further step up in trip is likely to see her eventually put her head in front.

Harry Rogers was on the mark last night with Gandolfini at Sligo and can return to the winners enclosure again this evening courtesy of Strandfield Lady.

The five-year-old filly was denied a hat-trick when only managing to finish seventh last time out at Galway, but with a bad draw that day and possibly a track that didn't suit, she may well prove a big price this evening in a less competitive race.


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