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'Dibayani can be King'

Trainer Michael Halford believes he has found a good opportunity for Dibayani to open his Listed account in the King George V Cup at Leopardstown this evening.

The Aga Khan-owned colt has run some sound races in defeat since winning a Curragh maiden last summer behind the likes of smart sorts in Battle Of Marengo, First Cornerstone and Fort Knox. And he was far from disgraced when second to the Aidan O'Brien-trained Leading Light at Navan a month ago.

"He's in good form and it looks a good race for him. I think he will handle the quick ground and I don't have any worries about him at the trip," said Halford.

"It was a mile and a quarter on a stiff track (Navan) the last day. The form of that worked out well. The winner (Leading Light) has gone and won the Gallinule, so I'd say it was a good race.

"He's got good, solid form and it looks a nice race."

Pat Smullen is looking forward to getting the leg-up on the promising Resolute Response, whose only two starts came within a fortnight last month.


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