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Returning Zhukova heads the cast for Noblesse Stakes

Dermot Weld: trainer of Zhukova
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2.45 Cork
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Noblesse Stakes (Listed) | 4yo+ | 1m4f | ATR

Zhukova heads the cast for a contest named after the brilliant Noblesse, who won the 1963 Oaks for Paddy Prendergast.

A dual Group 3 winner and also twice successful at Listed level, the five-year-old faces six rivals as she seeks her sixth victory, two of which have been achieved over this distance.

Her trainer Dermot Weld said on Friday: "Zhukova is well and has been working nicely.

"It's her first run of the season but I'm expecting her to run a good race. She is a very consistent mare."

Love Potion, who represents Aidan O'Brien, will be having her first run for connections having previously been trained by David Wachman, for whom she won a 7f maiden on her debut at Dundalk in December 2015.

The daughter of Galileo has not raced since and O'Brien said: "She's a nice filly and we're looking forward to getting her started. The plan is to get her some black type and, hopefully, she might do so in this race."

Glamorous Approach, who runs for Jim Bolger, will be seeking a first win since October 2015 when she landed the Listed Dubai Zetland Stakes at Newmarket.

While the John Oxx-trained Red Stars has achieved both of her wins at Roscommon, where she landed the Listed Lenebane Stakes in July before finishing eighth in the Irish Oaks.

The Henry de Bromhead-trained Island Remede is blinkered for the first time, while the Michael Mulvany-trained Dew Line and Nanabad, who represents Jarlath Fahey, complete the lineup.

It's her first run of the season but I'm expecting her to run a good race. She is a very consistent mare

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