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Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Famous footsteps and infamous first steps back: Thursday's three things to watch

Laurens: won last year's 7f fillies' maiden at Doncaster
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Fenton has first runner since ban

Philip Fenton will have his first runner since completing a three-year ban for the possession of steroids when Secret Cargo makes his debut in the four-year-old bumper (4.55) at Killarney today.

The mount of 7lb claiming amateur Eoin O'Brien will face 12 rivals in the final event of the five-day Killarney July festival.

Philip Fenton: Secret Cargo will be his first runner since Patsio ran at Cork in December 2014

"We have only a small team of horses in training just now and we're glad to get going again. Hopefully Secret Cargo will run a good race," said Fenton.

Secret Cargo will be Fenton's first runner since Patsio ran at Cork in December 2014. His most recent winner was Ange D'Or Javilex at Limerick in November of that year.

Illustrious honour roll to follow

Whoever triumphs in the Sky Vegas Heres To Who Knows EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (6.20) at Doncaster on Thursday will be happy to achieve half of what last year’s winner has gone on to do.

Karl Burke does not have a representative this year, but he has won the last two runnings – most recently with popular three-time Group 1 winner Laurens.

The John Dance-owned filly went on to finish a narrow second in a Group 3 at Deauville before showing her trademark resilience to win the May Hill Stakes by a head.

She gained her first Group 1 when battling bravely to prevail in the Fillies’ Mile. A second in the 1,000 Guineas before her brave victories in the Prix Saint-Alary and Prix Diane mean she will be a warm order for the Yorkshire Oaks on August 23.

Richard Hannon’s Penarth Pier is likely to be among the market leaders. She kept on well to be fourth over six furlongs on her first start at Kempton and the daughter of Dark Angel should progress. She is a half-sister to seven-time winner Archimedes.

It is not the only race at Doncaster with a decent roll of honour, as King’s Stand Stakes winner Blue Point won the novice stakes at 7.30 in 2016. Royal Ascot winner Osaila scored in the same race in 2014 and Richard Fahey's champion juvenile Wootton Bassett was victorious in 2010.

Affair of the heart

Owned by JP McManus and bred by his wife, Noreen, Feeling The Love will be attempting to build on her best run to date at Roscommon nine days ago in the Europe Hotel & Resort Handicap Hurdle (2.55) at Killarney.

Jessica Harrington, trainer of the five-year-old daughter of Yeats, said: "Feeling The Love ran very well at Roscommon where she was beaten by half a length. She seems in good form and, hopefully, she will have come on for the race."

Mark Walsh's mount faces 12 rivals in the 2m1f event.

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We have only a small team of horses in training just now and we're glad to get going again. Hopefully, Secret Cargo will run a good race
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