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Magners Ulster Derby set to take centre stage at Down Royal

Empreario ridden by John C Tobin go onto win during Friday's racing at Down Royal

Empreario ridden by John C Tobin go onto win during Friday's racing at Down Royal

The Magners Ulster Derby is the highlight of the summer season at Down Royal on Saturday and the £50,000 contest is the richest flat race to be staged in Northern Ireland this year.

The mile-and-three-furlong contest takes pride of place on all flat card with the first of seven races due off at 2.35pm.

Nine go to post for the day’s feature event and Ger Lyons – who was last successful in this race in 2004 – is double handed with Magnolia Beach and Azurite.

Jockey Chris Hayes has the best recent record in this contest, having been successful three times since 2007 and he partners Abushamah for Kevin Prendergast.

Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen will be represented by the lightly raced Zafayan, while local trainer Andy Oliver will be hoping for a big run from the only filly in the line-up Abby Cadabby.

Mark Johnson sends two horses from his base in Malton in England and Fran Berry gets the leg up on Notarised, while Conor Hoban rides the bottom weight Blue Atlantic.

With good weather forecast, a huge crowd is expected and the message is to come early and enjoy the biggest flat card in of the year in Northern Ireland.

 

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