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Justification ridden by Joseph O'Brien wins  The Leopardstown Club Members Handicap. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Justification ridden by Joseph O'Brien wins The Leopardstown Club Members Handicap. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Justification ridden by Joseph O'Brien wins The Leopardstown Club Members Handicap. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

THE Aidan O'Brien-trained Justification (stall three), pictured, heads a strong raiding team from Ireland for the StanJames.com Chester Cup on Wednesday.

The Willie Mullins-trained Simenon (14) and Dermot Weld's Olympiad (17) also making the trip.

Ante-post favourite Countrywide Flame features among a maximum field of 17 runners. John Quinn's dual-purpose performer returns to the Flat for the first time since his excellent second in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket last October, having since enjoyed a fine campaign over hurdles. He has fared well in the crucial draw for Wednesday's two-and-a-quarter-mile test, breaking from stall four in the hands of Michael O'Connell.

Leading National Hunt trainer Donald McCain has won the last two renewals of the Chester Cup with Overturn and Ile De Re, and the latter returns to defend his crown. However, his chances were dealt a blow when he was drawn wide in stall 16.

McCain also saddles Thimaar (stall six), Graham Lee's mount.


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