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Suspect out to redeem himself at Maze after narrow miss


Trainer of Magical Moon Michael Hourigan

Trainer of Magical Moon Michael Hourigan


Trainer of Magical Moon Michael Hourigan

Chief Suspect is napped to atone for a cruel last-gasp defeat at Dundalk recently when he tackles this evening's seven-furlong maiden at Down Royal.

Trained in Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow by Jane Foley of Ballyhane Stud, the three-year-old, a son of the firm's flagbearing sire Dandy Man, was chinned on the line by Refusetolisten when last seen on the all-weather last month. Having made most of the running, to go down by a nose in the last stride was a galling way to get beaten.

Nonetheless, it was a performance that confirmed CHIEF SUSPECT is on the improve, so this modest nine-runner affair at the Maze track should be his for the taking on his fourth start.

Mutawed might be a danger to Shane Foley's mount on its Irish bow for Golden-based breeze-up handler Paddy Twomey, with Joseph O'Brien an eye-catching booking. Sold by Hamdan Al Maktoum's French arm for around €30,000, the Tamayuz gelding finished third over six furlongs on his third start when last seen at Chantilly in May.

Another import that catches the eye is John Larkin's Headlong in the following handicap over the same trip. Recently bought out of Brian Meehan's Manton yard for around half as much, the Aussie Rules three-year-old was placed a couple of times from nine tries across the water.

HEADLONG has shown on his last couple of starts that he should be capable of winning off this mark, so he is fancied to exploit an inside draw on his Irish bow under Gary Carroll.

In the At The Races Ulster Cesarewitch that brings proceedings to a close, the frustrating Notable Graduate will be popular for the in-form Dermot Weld-Pat Smullen axis over this marathon two-and-a-quarter-mile journey.

However, preferred in the €10,000 handicap is the Michael Hourigan-trained MAGICAL MOON. Placed in two of its three most recent Flat starts over long distances last summer, the Dansili five-year-old has been in good heart of late, a run of three placed efforts over flights being rewarded with a win in Tramore.

He wasn't himself at Roscommon since, but the switch back to the Flat could rejuvenate him under Chris Hayes now.

Irish Independent