Racing: Trade Fair set for the Curragh

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Roger Charlton sends Trade Fair to Ireland tomorrow as the highly-regarded colt chases his first win since landing the Dubai Duty Free Cup at Newbury last September.

Roger Charlton sends Trade Fair to Ireland tomorrow as the highly-regarded colt chases his first win since landing the Dubai Duty Free Cup at Newbury last September.

The four-year-old will not be alone, though, as British-based trainers are responsible for four of the nine runners in the Emirates Airline Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh.

Mick Channon runs both Naahy and Millennium Force, while Fulke Johnson Houghton saddles Tout Seul in the seven-furlong Group Three contest.

Trade Fair has raced twice this season, trailing home at York on his first outing and finding both Arakan and Desert Destiny too good in the Criterion Stakes, a race he had won 12 months earlier, last time out.

"I would like to take him there but he will only run if the ground doesn't get soft," said Charlton. "He's in good form, and it's a nice opportunity to win a Group race again."

Millennium Force finished third in a conditions event at Chester on his latest start, while Naahy came home last but one in the Criterion at Newmarket last month.

"Millennium Force is a definite runner and he's in good form," said the West Ilsley-based handler. "He'll like it if it rains, but that's not the case with Naahy and if it was really soft, I would take him out."

Tout Seul is also on something of a retrieval mission, having finished stone last on his last two starts.

The Dewhurst winner of 2002 went through all last season without a win but scored on his seasonal bow this term when dropped to Listed class at Leicester. However, the four-year-old has since disappointed in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and a Listed event at Haydock.

The Irish challenge is spearheaded by Abunawwas from the yard of Kevin Prendergast, with John Oxx represented by Sea Dart and Dermot Weld by One More Round. The field is completed by Avorado and Latino Magic, who finished third to Naahy at Leopardstown last month.

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