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Bancnuanaheireann team confident

Mick Appleby is confident Bancnuanaheireann can return to winning ways at Lingfield on Wednesday.

The six-year-old finished second to Prince Alzain in the Listed coral.co.uk Churchill Stakes over the course and distance on November 16, having easily captured the nine-furlong Silver Cambridgeshire at Newmarket on September 27.

Appleby reported: "Bancnuanaheireann came out of his last run at Lingfield well and is in good order.

"I was happy with his run there and I think he ran better than the result suggests. He was trapped wide the whole way and it was probably a career-best performance.

"He didn't run until he was a four-year-old and is just a big, improving horse. He is top-rated and should win really. The plan would be to aim him at All-Weather Championship Finals Day on Good Friday."

Bancnuanaheireann, partnered by Tom Queally, is set to take on four rivals in the conditions stakes on the card headed by Churchill Stakes third Uramazin and the consistent Marshgate Lane.

Freewheel, who won his only start at Tipperary in May for Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien, will have his first start for Dandy Nicholls. The field is completed by the veteran Mia's Boy.

Wednesday's eight-race card at Lingfield Park also features the 19,000 Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap over five furlongs.

The line-up includes two Group One winners in Tangerine Trees and Prohibit, one of three runners for Robert Cowell, Stewards' Cup runner-up Ajjaadd, and the hat-trick seeking Forest Edge.

Kate Hills, the ARC Director of PR and Communications, said: "To have winners of the King's Stand Stakes (Prohibit) and Prix de l'Abbaye (Tangerine Trees) running on the All-Weather at Lingfield Park is tremendous and they are exactly the sort of quality horses we hope to attract in the build-up to the new All-Weather Championships Finals Day on Good Friday."