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Indian Chief set to reign supreme for Ballydoyle

Aidan and Joseph O'Brien can get Leopardstown's rescheduled student day off on the right foot courtesy of INDIAN CHIEF in the 10-furlong maiden.

The Ballydoyle colt faces six others in the opener, having run into the subsequent French Group One winner Loch Garman on its debut over a mile at Navan in October. A son of Montjeu, he travelled like a proper horse that day and came well clear of the remainder when filling the runner-up berth, so he appeals as nap material here.

Loch Garman's trainer Jim Bolger is responsible for Indian Chief's main danger, Tonabrocky. Second to Foundry at the Foxrock venue in November, he is sure to be primed for this, and certainly has the scope to trouble the selection.

Bolger should take the EBF Fillies' Maiden that follows with SCINTILLULA, which finished a cracking second to Sky Lantern in the Moyglare Stakes last year. Dermot Weld's debutante Sharp Crisp Air has a fine pedigree and the other four runners have all performed respectably before, but Scintillula is the likeliest winner.

Bolger and Kevin Manning also get the nod with SOMETHING GRACEFUL in the Spin 1038 Rated Race, a 12-furlong heat that features Patrick Prendergast's Curragh victor Tantalising.

Pat Hughes' soft ground-lover SPEED DIAL can add to last week's Gowran Park triumph under Colm O'Donoghue in the long-distance handicap, while John Oxx's ALAZEYLA catches the eye in the three-year-old handicap over 10 furlongs.

Irish Independent