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Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Halford hoping Soul can transfer Polytrack form to the turf

Michael Halford: "It's great to have Russian Soul back."
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2.50 Limerick

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Michael Halford believes Shannon Soul is more than just a Polytrack performer and is hoping for a big run from the five-year-old, all of whose three wins have been achieved at Dundalk.

Halford said: "Shannon Soul has done well at Dundalk but I don't see a return to grass being a problem for him.

"It looks a competitive handicap and he'll be suited by a strong pace as he can be a bit slowly into stride. He should be finishing the race out well."

He added: "We also run Rummaging, another who does well on the Polytrack, but he had a splint problem over the winter and while he's in good enough form he might need the run."

Like Shannon Soul, the Jim Bolger-trained Elusive Approach is on a hat-trick following wins over today's trip and over 7f at Dundalk.

Fourth over the trip at Leopardstown on her most recent start, Adieux represents Pat Martin, who said: "She was competitive at Leopardstown in her first handicap and I expect her to run well. She has a wide draw and that's not ideal, but the ground will suit and she's in very good form."

Heading the weights and making her Irish debut in a first-time tongue-tie is the Adrian Joyce-trained Keble, who is returning after a 632-day absence.

The son of Teofilo won a 1m2f maiden at Goodwood for John Gosden two years ago and was placed on his other five starts. Donagh O'Connor claims 5lb off the five-year-old.

Shannon Soul has done well at Dundalk but I don't see a return to grass being a problem for him

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