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Manalapan primed to continue Prendergast's good form at Gowran

Patrick Prendergast, fresh from Sugar Boy's brave victory at Sandown yesterday, is trusted to land the nap at Gowran Park tomorrow with Manalapan.

The Six Sense colt tackles 13 others in the concluding three-year-old maiden, having just got mugged by Ballydoyle's Ruler Of The World on its debut at the Curragh three weeks ago. It was a fine effort in defeat, as the pair pulled eight lengths clear of the remainder on decent ground.

Needless to say, going officially described as soft to heavy is going to pose a different sort of test here, but Declan McDonogh's mount sets a fair standard and Prendergast's string is clearly in rude health.

Ruler Of The World's stablemate League Of Nations, beaten at odds-on at Dundalk recently, is one of the main dangers, while Dermot Weld's Ghaamer is another to monitor in the market, having been second to the smart Zand at Leopardstown in the autumn.

McDonogh's former boss Kevin Prendergast might take the featured Irish Stallion Farms EBF Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes with Starbright. Weld's Caponata is the top-rated in this €50,000 Listed race, and you'd struggle to discount too many of the seven-strong field in what looks a competitive edition.

Still, Starbright caught the eye when third to Rehn's Nest in a Curragh Group Three on her reappearance.

If she improves for that, she might be able to take advantage of the weight concession she receives from her older rivals for Chris Hayes.

The two fillies' maidens could go to the in-form Jim Bolger stable, with Tobann getting the nod in the opener and An Saincheann fancied in the penultimate heat.

Placed in two maidens last summer, An Saincheann signed off with a fantastic effort to be third to Famous Name in the Listed Trigo Stakes, form that stands out in this.

In the mile handicap, Danny O'Sullivan and Wayne Lordan get the nod with Lake Louise.

Fifth here on good ground on her reappearance, the three-year-old filly, twice a winner in heavy in the autumn, will be much happier on this softer surface.

Irish Independent