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Aidan O'Brien's Glounthaune will be hoping to bounce back in the Group Three Killavullan Stakes (3.15) at Leopardstown today. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Aidan O'Brien's Glounthaune will be hoping to bounce back in the Group Three Killavullan Stakes (3.15) at Leopardstown today. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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Aidan O'Brien

It’s not often you see a Dewhurst runner turning around just seven days later, but that's exactly the case with Aidan O'Brien's Glounthaune hoping to bounce back in the Group Three Killavullan Stakes (3.15) at Leopardstown today.

The Kodiac colt was far from disgraced when sixth behind the brilliant Native Trail in the Newmarket Group One on his first run for six months and his sights are lowered this time in his third start.

This prize was landed by subsequent English 2,000 Guineas winner Poetic Flare 12 months ago and Glounthaune looks the most likely to turn into a Classic prospect with Seamie Heffernan expected to get the job done.

New Energy is an unknown quantity, but Sheila Lavery's juvenile could hardly have been more impressive when scoring on his recent debut at the Curragh while Dermot Weld's Homeless Songs is also respected dropping back from Group One company.

The Listed Trigo Stakes (3.45) is an open affair, but Bear Story comes here in cracking form after his Group Three success at Dundalk three weeks ago and the sound surface should help Ronan Whelan's mount reward each-way punters.

The richest Irish prize of the weekend is up for grabs at Naas tomorrow with Gavin Cromwell eyeing the €120,000 Irish EBF Auction Series Race Final (2.15) via Giselles Ausie.

After scoring on debut at Navan, Giselles Ausie ran creditably when third at the Curragh next time out despite being taken out of her comfort zone with two furlongs to travel and the Australia filly should benefit from the step up at rewarding odds.

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Mother Country has plenty to find on official ratings in the Listed Garnet Stakes (2.50), but Willie McCreery's three-year-old shouldn't be discounted after her handicap victory at Gowran Park last month. The runner-up has since won and a sound surface will see the course and distance winner excel under Billy Lee.

The Listed Bluebell Stakes (5.05) is similarly competitive with last year's winner Barrington Court back for more, but preference is for Ger Lyons' Thunder Kiss on the back of a string of fine efforts in better company.

There will be plenty of Irish interest tonight in the US also as Davy Russell makes the trip to partner Gordon Elliott's Cheltenham Festival winner Chosen Mate in the American Grand National (7.34) at Far Hills.

Attention will then turn to Keeneland as Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Empress Josephine tackles the Grade One Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (9.44) for Aidan O'Brien while his youngest son Donnacha is also represented through NicestThe American Pharoah filly should have conditions in her favour while O’Brien’s eldest son Joseph also eyes French glory tomorrow with Visualisation vying for the Group Two Prix du Conseil (4.0) at Longchamp.


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