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THE STAGE IS SET FOR FIRST WIN; Colt can enter brave new World.

Byline: PETER O'HEHIR

WORLD STAGE should make it third time lucky in the Gowran Park finale tonight.

The Aidan O'Brientrained Galileo colt stepped-up on his debut run behind Haripour at Navan to go close against Jim Bolger's Ringside Support in a mile and a quarter maiden at the Curragh last time.

Still quite green that day, improvement is expected from the Ballydoyle colt which will be ridden by Donnacha O'Brien. He gets the vote over Dermot Weld's filly Hazama, which is expected to reverse course and distance debut form with Dream Sleep.

Aidan and Donnacha O'Brien might also strike with 88-rated Mount Wellington - runner-up in the nursery in Galway last time - in the opening two- year-old maiden.

The listed Hurry Harriet Stakes is tonight's feature. And Making Light should make a bold bid to give Weld his fourth success in the race in five years.

Fifth to multiple Group 1 winner Winter on her debut in Dundalk, Making Light went on to land a Limerick maiden and ended her juvenile campaign with a defeat of the colts in the Group 3 Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown.

In her sole outing this season, the Moyglareowned Tamayuz filly finished third to solid yardstick Brendan Brackan in the listed Glencairn Stakes at Leopardstown.

And, with the Weld team gradually hitting form, Making Light might have the edge over the more exposed Ballydoyle contender Alluringly, the highest-rated filly in the field on the back of her third to Enable in the Investec Oaks at Epsom.

Since then, Alluringly finished sixth to Coronet in the Ribblesdale'at Royal Ascot and filled the same spot behind Enable in the Darley Irish Oaks.

But marginal preference is for Making Light, which is probably open to more improvement.

The Willie McCreerytrained Outside Inside, conqueror of subsequent winner Ball Girl in a course and distance maiden last time, might defy top-weight in the nursery.

In the McEnery Cup, the consistent Percy, representing Ger Lyons, might reward each-way support.

AIDAN O'BRIEN dominates the acceptors for the two Group 2 juvenile events at the Curragh on Sunday, the Galileo Futurity Stakes and the Breast Cancer Research Debutante Stakes.

O'Brien, who has won the Futurity ten times, is responsible for eight of the 13 entries, while his embarrassment of riches in the two-year-old fillies category is reflected in the Debutante, which he has won on 11 occasions.

He has a star-studded, six-strong entry - Clemmie, Actress, Ballet Shoes, Happily, Magical and September.

And last year's Irish St Leger winner and runnerup, the Willie Mullinstrained Wicklow Brave and O'Brien's Order Of St George are set to clash in Saturday's Group 3 Comer Group Irish St Leger Trial.

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READY FOR A REMATCH Wicklow Brave is in line to face Order Of St George again at the Curragh on Saturday

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 16, 2017
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