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Emiyna is strong for oxx

Leopardstown host their final Bulmers Live meeting this evening with the Horslips the after-racing entertainment, but on the track the feature is the Group Three Desmond Stakes.

The versatile Hujaylea would certainly appear overpriced at 7/1 for Mick Halford and Conor Hoban, however, a tentative selection is given to the favourite Emiyna.

John Oxx's three-year-old receives seven pounds from Halford's charge and that pull could prove the difference as she bids to bounce back from her somewhat disappointing run in the Irish 1000 Guineas.

Emiyna had prior to that beat subsequent Royal Ascot winner Lolly For Dolly at the Curragh and, providing the ground doesn't go too much on the easy side for her, she should claim this Group Three contest.

There will be some interest in the five-runner Leopardstown Cup which is the final race in the Stars Go Racing series for the RTE television show.

Crystal Morning is given the nod to score here for her trainer Jessica Harrington and her celebrity Alan Quinlan.

The daughter of Cape Cross has been in good form of late and in what is a massive race for the bragging rights of the celebrities it may well be the former Irish International rugby player who comes out on top.

Harrington can start the night on a good note with Silver Sycamore in the opening maiden as she bids to make it third time lucky after two good previous efforts. In the Breast Cancer Ireland Handicap, the Evening Herald's Katie Walsh teams up with her father Ted aboard 10/1 shot Collingwood, and in a competitive, nine-runner affair they might be worth siding with as a previous course and distance winner.

At Tramore, the first day of their four-day Festival sees an interesting seven-race card take place this evening with Liam Cusack's Sense Of Awareness given the nod in the Waterford and Tramore Directors Handicap Chase.

Davy Russell is back onboard the nine-year-old who has taken a tumble in the ratings and should be good enough to return to winnings ways at this time of asking.

With a couple of good chances at Leopardstown, Harrington will also be keeping an eye on the Tramore as Takeyourcapoff lines up in the Noel Cummins Bookmakers Hurdle and is selected over the Willie Mullins-trained Tawaagg who was last season in the Galway Hurdle.

This season's second juvenile hurdle gets proceedings underway.

The Ice Factor just about gets the selection on the basis of its prior experience.

Gordon Elliott's charge ran in the opening race at Roscommon a week and a half ago and is therefore chosen over Eoin Doyle's Sixty Eight Guns.


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