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Longines Irish Champions Weekend EBF Stallions Novice Stakes (Plus 10)

7f 50yGood (Good to Firm in places)

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No. Horse Odds
1 (7) 6/1
2 (9) 14/1
3 (8) 5/1
4 (5) 8/1
5 (3) 20/1
6 (6) 16/1
7 (2) 2/1
8 (4) 100/1
9 (1) 4/1
Verdict

Kilbarchan got off the mark at the first time of asking at Chelmsford, justifying favouritism at the chief expense of a subsequent winner and showing a pleasing attitude to do so. Nina Petrovna is edging ever closer to the winner's enclosure and should be in the thick of things, but COOLAGH MAGIC made a debut full of promise in a York race won by last week's July Stakes fourth, and Richard Fahey's youngster is fancied to build on that.

Verdict

KILBARCHAN looked above average when beating a subsequent winner (clear of rest) on debut at Chelmsford last month and is taken to defy a penalty. Nina Petrovna is getting better with each run and has to be respected, with the other penalised winner Wee Jim also worth considering.