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British trainers chasing more success as Actress represents Aidan O'Brien

Ed Vaughan runs Hikmaa in the Group 3 Ballyogan Stakes at the Curragh
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7.45 Curragh
TRM Ballyogan Stakes (Group 3) | 6f | 3yo+ fillies and mares | ATR

This Group 3 event has gone to British trainers nine times since the turn of the century and this seven-runner renewal includes two visitors in the William Haggas-trained One Master and Ed Vaughan's Hikmaa.

James Doyle partners One Master, whose two wins include a 7f Listed event at Ascot last season. The daughter of Fastnet Rock finished fourth over the same trip in a Group 3 event on her reappearance at Lingfield last month when she raced keenly.

Watch One Master's Ascot win

Hikmaa, who finished half a length behind One Master in sixth at Lingfield, is a three-time winner, once at Listed level over 7f. Vaughan, who has booked Billy Lee for the ride, said: "Hikmaa ran a good race in the Fred Darling but things didn't pan out for her at Lingfield last time when she was slowly away but finished well.

"Hopefully the drop back to six furlongs won't be too sharp for her and if she's in the first three we'll be delighted."

Ballyogan Stakes card

Actress, who will be attempting to get off the mark for the season at the fourth attempt, represents Aidan O'Brien, whose last success in the race was in 2001 when Dietrich accounted for three rivals.

Winner of the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes over a slightly longer trip at the same course last year, Actress finished fifth in the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock on her most recent start. "We've been happy with Actress since her last run and the distance and the quick ground will suit," O'Brien said of Seamie Heffernan's mount.

Sorelle Delle Rose, a three-time winner, most recently in a 7f handicap at Gowran Park last month, will be making her debut at Pattern level. Her trainer Dermot Weld said: "She won well at Gowran and we're hoping she might be able to earn some black type."

Watch Sorelle Delle Rose's Gowran win

Golden Spell, another three-time winner who ran fourth in a Listed event over the trip at Haydock on her most recent start, represents Johnny Murtagh.

The line-up is completed by the Henry de Bromhead-trained Gorane, runner-up in Listed races over five furlongs on her last two starts, and Jim Bolger's Dawn Delivers, reverting to 6f for the first time since her maiden win over the course and distance almost a year ago.

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Hopefully the drop back to six furlongs won't be too sharp for her and if she's in the first three we'll be delighted
E.W. Terms
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