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Solar Halo looks to follow up Curragh victory under Lee

Willie McCreery: trainer of Solar Halo
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Next Meeting Friday 16 June Race | 3yo | 6f |ATR

Solar Halo, who got off the mark on her handicap debut when scoring by a nose over this trip at the Curragh last month, represents the Willie McCreery-Billy Lee combination as she bids to follow up against five rivals in this conditions event.

McCreery said on Wednesday: "Solar Halo will love the ground, if there is no rain. The better it is, the more she'll like it.

"She has a few pounds to find with one of Ger Lyons' runners [Noivado] but hopefully our filly is on an upward curve."

Both of Noivado's victories have been over this distance, including a maiden win at Fairyhouse last summer. His stablemate, Imagine If, was a winner over five furlongs at Navan last season.

Aidan O'Brien is represented by Smoulder, winner of a 7f maiden before trailing in last on testing ground in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches at Deauville on her most recent start last month.

Hailstone, a dual winner over seven furlongs, drops down in trip here.

His trainer Patrick Prendergast said: "He's in very good health and has pleased me this season. He's been improving all the time. The drop down in trip is a bit of an unknown but he'll love the ground."

Completing the line-up is the Johnny Feane-trained Swish, both of whose wins have come on the Polytrack at Dundalk.

Solar Halo will love the ground. If there's no rain, the more she'll like it
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