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Nagle eyes Enright to lighten Maarek load

LIMERICK jockey Mark Enright is likely to be handed the ride on William Hill Ayr Gold Cup top-weight Maarek on Saturday.

David Nagle's consistent five-year-old picked up a 5lb penalty in winning a Group Three at the Curragh on Saturday, beating multiple Group One winner Starspangledbanner in the process.

That leaves him with 10st but the Tipperary trainer is keen to ease the burden with the help of useful 5lb claimer Enright, a dual-purpose jockey who rides principally for Dessie Hughes.

"If it comes up soft enough we'll run," said Nagle. "He's in good form and there's no other suitable race until Ascot on October 20. I can't see any reason not to run. I'll probably claim off him and Mark Enright will probably ride.

"He's been on the go a long time, he ran on the first day of the season at the Curragh, but he's holding his form brilliantly.

"He beat Gordon Lord Byron at Naas, giving him 5lb, and he has won at York and been second in a Group One, and the third that day, My Girl Anna, was getting well over a stone off us and has won a Group Three.

"We've won at Newmarket, run well in the Wokingham, won a Group Three at Newcastle and won at the weekend when the ground was a bit quick for him really.

"It's not like the old days anymore with 2st from top to bottom. If we take 5lb off with Mark he'll be running off 9st 9lb and the bottom weight is likely to have 8st 13lb so it's not too bad.

"He ran in the Silver Cup last year and was fourth but he was stuck out on his own in the middle.

"Last season he started on 69 and is now rated 109. He's not stopped improving and we've only just got to know him."

The current going is good to soft, soft in places with showers forecast for the rest of the week.

Stolberg's victory in the Bank Of Ireland INH Flat Race led to jubilant scenes in the winner's enclosure at Listowel.

Trained by Andrew McNamara, the gelded son of Vinnie Roe was winning on his racecourse debut in the hands of 16-year-old Jonathan Burke -- who had half a day off school to take the ride.

Hitting the front a furlong out, the 16-1 chance settled down for a tussle with the Nina Carberry-ridden Giantofaman and prevailed by a length and a quarter.

Burke said: "It's great to get a winner at Listowel on my first ride here. I had a winner from only my second ride back in April and that's my third winner now in 15 rides, so things are going well.

"I'm doing my Leaving Cert this year so I had to take a half-day off school to come here."