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Harrington has sights on Bonus victory

A competitive renewal of the Lenebane Stakes is the feature event at Roscommon tonight when recent Ulster Derby winner Banksters Bonus will be out to earn a first success in Listed company.

Jessica Harrington's three-year-old will face stiff opposition in the nine-runner contest from Zerashan and Address Unknown. Both of those performed respectably when second and fourth respectively over 14 furlongs at The Curragh last weekend.

The step back to 12 furlongs on decent ground could well suit the two year-older campaigners, but conditions will also benefit Banksters Bonus, which overcame trouble in running to score emphatically at Down Royal.

If Fran Berry's mount can reproduce that level of effort now, the weights are framed very much in his favour.

Core Element will be bidding for a hat-trick when she lines out in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies' Handicap. However, Compelling is the most unexposed in the field with four runs to her name and she gets in here off just 9st 4lbs under Wayne Lordan for a rating of 78.

Aidan O'Brien and Colm O'Donoghue may land the opener with Among Equals, while O'Donoghue can also score in the second for David Marnane on Harry Trotter, although he will need luck in running from the very outside against 13 rivals.

Irish Independent