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Donnacha O’Brien off the mark as a trainer with Dundalk strike

PA Sport 6:53pm, Fri 21 Feb 2020

A landmark moment for Donnacha O’Brien (left) as he records his first winner as a trainer at Dundalk (Gary Carson/PA) Donnacha O’Brien got off the mark as a trainer on Friday evening as Flower Garland got her head in front at Dundalk. Sent off the 4-7 favourite in the hands of Gavin Ryan, the daughter of Footstepsinthesand ran out a six-length winner from Camilla Sina in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden.

Knight chasing Listed honours at Lingfield

PA Sport 5:38pm, Fri 21 Feb 2020

Corinthia Knight is in good shape heading for his latest assignment at Lingfield (Adam Davy/PA) Archie Watson is hoping Corinthia Knight can overcome a wide draw when he lines up for the Listed Betway Hever Sprint Stakes at the Surrey track on Saturday. The five-year-old will also need to reverse the outcome of his most recent run, when beaten into sixth of seven in a five-furlong contest at Newcastle by fellow Hever contenders Royal Birth and Hareem Queen.

Gordon has high hopes for Commanche Red

PA Sport 4:38pm, Fri 21 Feb 2020

Commanche Red was an impressive winner on Boxing Day (Steven Paston/PA) Chris Gordon’s Commanche Red is looking to back up the big impression he made at Kempton over Christmas when he returns to the track for the Betway Pendil Novices’ Chase. The seven-year-old beat subsequent Cheltenham winner Simply The Betts last time out and the handicapper put him up to a mark of 150, suggesting he is the one to beat in the Grade Two feature on Saturday.

Mullins has strong hand in Bobbyjo

PA Sport 4:03pm, Fri 21 Feb 2020

Trainer Willie Mullins has won the Bobbyjo Chase nine times (Brian Lawless/PA Willie Mullins is responsible for four of the six runners in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse on Saturday, as he seeks a 10th win in the race and fifth in a row. The Closutton handler saddles Bellshill, Voix Du Reve, Acapella Bourgeois and Pleasant Company, with the latter taking this prize in 2017.

Dettori raring to go with Warrior on British return

PA Sport 4:03pm, Fri 21 Feb 2020

Frankie Dettori will have his first ride back in Britain this year aboard Dubai Warrior in the Betway Winter Derby at Lingfield (Mark Kerton/PA Images) Frankie Dettori hopes Dubai Warrior can make his first ride in Britain in 2020 a winning one in the Betway Winter Derby at Lingfield on Saturday. The popular Italian is looking to secure back-to-back victories in the Group Three aboard the son Dansili – who is one of two runners in the race for trainer John Gosden, alongside Court House – having steered Wissahickon to glory 12 months ago.

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