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Dandy seeking Wokingham repeat

David Marnane has his sights set on Dandy Boy going for a second win in the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The eight-year-old lifted the prestigious six-furlong handicap in 2012 and has also tasted success at the Berkshire track in the Victoria Cup back in 2010.

Marnane reports Dandy Boy to be in tip-top shape ahead of another important engagement at the course, after showing up well on his latest run at Naas last week.

"He goes for the Wokingham. I was pretty pleased with his run in Naas the other day on ground and over a trip that didn't suit," said the County Tipperary trainer.

"He's won two major handicaps over in Ascot and he's going to take his chance. He's training every bit as well as he ever has since we've had him. Fingers crossed he'll get his fast ground and a strong-run race.

"He won the Wokingham off 106 two years ago. He's an old star here and always wants to work."

Dandy Boy could be joined by his stablemate Nocturnal Affair, although the latter could first take in the Midsummer Sprint Stakes at Cork on Sunday, if conditions are suitable.

"He might be joined by Nocturnal Affair. It was a good first run back behind a good horse of Aidan's (O'Brien, Guerre) and Maarek up at Naas. He wasn't beaten far," said Marnane.

"He was a little bit disappointing the last day but that was on softer ground at Cork and he hit his head coming out of the stalls as well.

"He's in at Cork on Sunday. If we got good ground, we might run him there just to see. If it didn't come up good at Cork we'll just go straight to Ascot.

"On his day he's good. He's shown up in Dubai and in races like the Portland. We think he'd like a fast-run race as well."

Seanie will also represent the Marnane team at the Royal meeting as he attempts to go one better in the Buckingham Palace Handicap than Jamesie, who was second for the same owner and trainer in the seven-furlong contest in 2012.

"Seanie's going for the Buckingham. He's had one run this year and was second at Navan where he ran very well over five," Marnane said.

"He's going back up to seven, which is probably his trip. He's in great form and we're looking forward to running him there.

"Jamesie was second in the same race there a couple of years ago. It's the same owners, so hopefully we can go one better."