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Dunlop seeking first British win for 19 years with Manjaam.

Magners Ulster Derby Handicap 4.35 Down Royal 1m41/2f ATR Card page 113 MANJAAM, who missed an engagement at Royal Ascot on Thursday due to soft ground, is the sole British-trained challenger for Northern Ireland's richest Flat prize.

Ed Dunlop's three-time handicap winner, who achieved his most recent success at Bath last month, will be attempting to become the first Britishtrained winner of the event since Docklands Limo scored for Brian McMath and David Harrison in 1997. Wayne Lordan, seeking a first win in the race, rides Marjaam who faces eight rivals.

Lieutenant General, who heads the weights, represents Aidan O'Brien, who was successful with Changingoftheguard in 2009.

Along with Lieutenant General, Zalfana, Stellar Mass, who won a maiden over a mile and a half at the Curragh two weeks ago, and Raconteur will be running in a handicap for the first time.

Zalfan is the only filly in the line-up.

Her trainer Dermot Weld last won the race in 2000 with subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Media Puzzle.

VVWHAT they say Aidan O'Brien, trainer of Lieutenant General He's been coming on with each run this year and ran well in a Listed race at Leopardstown last time. He's in good form and the trip will suit.

Michael Halford, trainer of Tonkinese He's well drawn and the step up in trip shouldn't be a problem. He's been working well and should give a good account. Dermot Weld, trainer of Zalfana She's in good form but would appreciate any ease.

Ed Dunlop, trainer of Manjaam He was going to run in the King George V at Royal Ascot but doesn't want soft ground and ran badly on soft at Newbury, so we diverted him to this race. The ground will be faster and he's got a nice racing weight.

Willie McCreery, trainer of Raconteur The ground and trip will suit. The prize-money is very good and we're hoping to get some of it.

Johnny Levins, trainer of Lex Talionis We have bottom weight and Killian Leonard will be claiming 7lb. He's in very good form and we're looking forward to a nice run.

Tony O'Hehir

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 18, 2016
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