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Murtagh hoping to strike again on Sweet Lightning

SWEET LIGHTNING, victorious in the Irish Lincolnshire last month, returns to action for Tommy Carmody in the Listed Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown this afternoon.

The eight-year-old created history when winning the Irish Lincolnshire, becoming the first horse to win the race having already won the Doncaster equivalent, with that victory achieved in 2011.

Favourite for the race is the Aidan O'Brien-trained Declaration Of War, but Sweet Lightning is in receipt of 5lb and, jockey Johnny Murtagh said: "Sweet Lightning is in great form. He came out of his Curragh win really well. He's stepping up a bit in class but, if the handicapper is right, he has to be thereabouts."

Leopardstown's card is packed full of potential Classic clues, while there is jumps racing from Ffos Las, Market Rasen and Wincanton. Tramore's jumps fixture has been abandoned due to waterlogging.

Ffos Las: soft
Leopardstown: soft, good to yielding in places
Market Rasen: good
Wincanton: hurdles soft, heavy in places, chase heavy, soft in places

 
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