Gutsy Serg holds off rivals to land Navan Feature 

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The feature at Navan this afternoon, the Listed Cork Stakes, went the way of the Aidan O'Brien trained Sergei Prokofiev.

Successful in the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket on his penultimate start, the son of Scat Daddy, then finished eighth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs in November.

Well-fancied to record a fourth career win today, the bay colt was sent off the 15/8 favourite under Donnacha O'Brien.

Towards rear in the early stages, he made good headway on the outer from the two furlong pole and surged to the front inside the final furlong.

Chessman attempted to chase him down in the closing stages, but he ultimately had to settle for second, with a head the winning margin.

The runner-up was returned at 16/1 under Oisin Orr for Richard O'Brien, while Smash Williams (6/1) was a neck back in third.

Donnacha O’Brien said afterwards: "He's really, really quick. He travelled very smooth and picked up well. I got there a bit too soon, and he probably doesn't stay more than five. They were coming at him at the end."


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Guard off the mark at last at Dundalk 



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National Guard got off the mark at the tenth time of asking in the Marshes Shopping Centre Ladies Day Sunday 14th April Maiden at Dundalk.

Ballydoyle's War Front colt, reappearing quickly after a Naas third placing on Sunday, was backed for this assignment too, finding a starting price of 7/2 from an opening show of 9/2.

Donnacha O'Brien got National Guard home by two and a half lengths and three lengths from These Days and Tallien.

“I don't think it was the trip that made the difference I think it was just getting the race run to suit him,” said Donnacha O'Brien.

“It worked today, I was tight between horses the whole way. Even the gap I had to go for was a little bit tight and it just suited him as it kept him interested.

“You can see when he gets to the front he runs around a bit. As I said I think trip is secondary to him he more needs a race that suits him.

“I don't think it was fitness that got him through today either, I think it was just things went well for him today. Things went very smooth today.”

The Stewards fined W.P.Browne, trainer, €350 for lodging a passport in respect of Memsie, in which the vaccinations did not conform with the provisions of Rule 91. The Stewards ordered the withdrawal of Memsie in accordance with the provisions of Rule 90.

The Stewards informed D. K. Weld, trainer that Dawry, would have to be recertified before being declared to run from stalls again.

R.P. Whelan, rider of Balefire trained by M.Halford, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount ran flat during this race.

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined Balefire, trained by M.Halford, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.





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Photos of Ten Sovereigns Fairyland Mount Everest, Japan, Western Australia, Old Glory, Norway, Sovereign Magna Grecia all preparing to work at Naas.













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Coolmore invest over 8 million dollars in 5 2 year olds at the Gulfstream-Sale last night its highly unlikely any will end up at Ballydoyle more likely to be placed with American Trainers. 





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The Ballydoyle Quintet I Can Fly Magic Wand Van Beethoven Hunting Horn & Lost Treasure on the track at Meydan this morning





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Ballydoyle Draw Runners & Riders Meydan Saturday
1:30pm Al Quoz Sprint - Lost Treasure (Ryan) - Drawn 3
2:05pm UAE Derby - Van Beethoven (Ryan) - Drawn 11
3:20pm Dubai Turf - I Can Fly (Ryan) - Drawn 8
4:00pm Sheema Classic - Hunting Horn (Wayne) 5 - Drawn & Magic Wand (Ryan) -Drawn 3
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Aidan Said at Naas Yesterday that Ten Sovereigns goes straight to the Guineas




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Ballydoyle entries Saturday 30th March Naas
2.15 Maiden - Captainofthebounty & Empire State 
3.25 Cork Listed Stakes - All The King's Men, Fantasy, Gossamer Wings, Sergei Prokofiev, Western Frontier 
4.00 Maiden - Fairy Fort, Dunkirk Harbour, Just So, National Guard, 
5.10 Handicap - Whitsunday Islands




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For a bit of fun





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Ballydoyle Naas Saturday, 13th April 2019 Entries 
Alleged Stakes (Group 3)
Flag Of Honour, Kew Gardens, Cypress Creek, Magical, Amedeo Modigliani
Gladness Stakes (Group 3)
Le Brivido, Antilles, San Andreas, So Perfect, The Irish Rover, U S S Michigan, Gossamer Wings. 



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Ballydoyle Entries entered Dundalk on Friday 29th March
7.15 Maiden - Dunkirk Harbour, Fairy Fort, Just So, National Guard. 


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Galileo Year By Year Stats Weekly Update   


A.P.O'Brien Season Earnings Updated


A.P.O'Brien Year By Year Stats Updated






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Ballydoyle Quintet set for Dubai

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24 Mar 2019
Magic Wand is set to lead a small but select team of runners for Aidan O’Brien on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan.

It is six years since the Ballydoyle maestro saddled St Nicholas Abbey to win the Dubai Sheema Classic, and this time he is set to fire a twin assault – with Magic Wand and Hunting Horn both in the mix this weekend.

Magic Wand was last seen filling the runner-up spot in the Pegasus World Cup in America, while Hunting Horn was third in a valuable event in Qatar on his latest outing.

I Can Fly who pushed Roaring Lion all the way in last season’s QEII at Ascot and made a winning return on the all-weather at Dundalk earlier this month is being aimed at the Dubai Turf, while Lost Treasure and Van Beethoven are also set to travel.

Aidan said: “We have two in the mile-and-a-half race – Magic Wand and Hunting Horn I Can Fly is in the nine-furlong race, and Lost Treasure is in the sprint.
“Van Beethoven is in the UAE Derby.”



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Reelers Bro Idaho Joins Coolmore NH Breeding Roster 

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24.03
Idado has been retired from racing and will stand under the Coolmore N.H. banner at the Beeches Stud. Winner of the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York and the Ormonde Stakes at Chester, Idaho was also placed in the Epsom Derby, the Irish Derby and behind Enable in the ‘King George’. Bred on the famed Galileo/Danehill cross he is a full brother to seven-time Group 1 winner Highland Reel.

“Idaho was a very solid, consistent racehorse – sound, clear-winded with a good mind,” said his trainer Aidan O’Brien. “I think he would have been an impressive winner of the St Leger but for getting brought down in the straight and he showed that when winning the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.”

“Idaho is an outstanding individual with plenty of size and scope and a great walk,” said the Beeches manager Robert McCarthy. “He was a very genuine and talented racehorse who performed at the highest level from two to five years and is a full-brother to a superstar in Highland Reel.”



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Never No More Brings Ballydoyle Opening Day Winner 



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24.03

Aidan O’Brien opened his account for the new Flat season when teaming up with son Donnacha to land the Naas Racecourse Business Club Madrid Handicap with Never No More.

The son of No Nay Never won over the minimum trip at Dundalk last autumn but coped very well on this first attempt at seven furlongs.

The 8/1 chance (from 10/1) made steady headway up the centre of the course in the straight to lead a furlong out, and stretched clear in the closing stages for an impressive victory.

The winning margin was three and three quarter lengths over Black Magic Woman, with Crockford another length and a quarter back in third.

Wasntexpectingthat completed the places in fourth.

Aidan O’Brien said, “We weren’t sure whether to stick at six but Donnacha felt he got it well. We might look at the seven-furlong (Guineas) Trial in Leopardstown. He galloped out well.”




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Amedeo Modigliani returns to action at Naas 




24.03

Aidan O’Brien is looking forward to seeing the long-absent Amedeo Modigliani return to action in the Devoy Stakes at Naas on Sunday.

Third behind esteemed stablemate Gustav Klimt on his racecourse debut at the Curragh in July 2017, the Galileo colt opened his account with a dominant display at the following month’s Galway Festival.

Having spent the winter as a possible Derby contender, Amedeo Modigliani missed the entirety of his three-year-old season due to injury — but returns to competitive action for the first time in almost 600 days in this 10-furlong Listed contest.

O’Brien said: “He’s in good form. Obviously he didn’t run last year and he’s just ready to start off.

“The better the ground, the better it would suit him. We’re just trying to get him started and we think he will come on a lot from the run.”


Amedeo Modigliani is one of eight runners for O’Brien on the opening day of the Irish Flat season.

The Ballydoyle maestro is pleased with the general well-being of his powerful string ahead of the new campaign.

He added: “We’re happy with them, but they will come on plenty from their runs.

“They are just ready to start and we’d think, and hope, that they will improve plenty from their runs.”

Amedeo Modigliani does not face a straightforward task, with the 106-rated Stellar Mass setting a lofty standard.

Other contenders in an eight-strong field include Jessica Harrington’s four-time winner Still Standing and the lightly-raced Hazel Bay from Dermot Weld’s yard.



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Ten Sovereigns to target the 2000 Guineas and news on other stars

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22.03

Aidan O’Brien is “very excited” about Ten Sovereigns ahead of the new season — with the Qipco 2000 Guineas very much on his radar.

The No Nay Never colt did not make his debut until the end of August, but just over a month later he was a Group One winner in the Middle Park Stakes with a Group Three win sandwiched in between.

While all his victories were over six furlongs, O’Brien believes there is no reason to suggest he will not stay a mile.

Speaking in a stable tour on www.attheraces.com, O’Brien said: “We have our eye on the 2000 Guineas with him and he hasn’t shown us anything to suggest he won’t stay a mile yet.

“He has the option of having a trial before the Guineas, but going straight there with him is an option too. Looking back on last season with him, he didn’t debut until late-August and he ended up packing his three starts into a five-week period which was a tough ask of him.

“He won his first two races through raw ability, so it was understandable that when he stepped up into a Group One that he looked a little bit green in the Middle Park. That race will really stand to him and he learned a lot from it. He’s a horse that you’d have to be very excited about.”

One who could be joining him at Newmarket is Magna Grecia, winner of the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster having gone down narrowly to Andre Fabre’s Persian King in the Autumn Stakes previously.

“We are looking towards the 2000 Guineas with him. I’m not sure whether he’ll run in the trial for it yet,” said O’Brien.

“He’s a lovely, uncomplicated horse to train. He has done well physically over the winter and he looks good and powerful.

“It probably all happened a bit quick for him last season, as it was the end of September by the time he made his debut. We brought him over to Newmarket a fortnight after his maiden as we thought that if he was going to be a Group One horse, he needed another run for experience.

“He ran very well there and came out of it well enough to encourage us to go on to Doncaster a fortnight later. While he won there, he was still babyish enough and you’d hope he’d improve from that again.

“He’s by Invincible Spirit and while he got a mile well at Doncaster, you couldn’t be too bullish as to how far he’ll stay. He’s a horse you’d be excited about.”

Heading up O’Brien’s Classic fillies is Fairyland, winner of four last season, including the Lowther and Cheveley Park Stakes.

“Fairyland is in good form. We are happy with how she did over the winter and the work she has been doing of late. We haven’t decided if she’ll have a trial before it, but the plan is to run her in the 1000 Guineas,” said O’Brien.

“She has never run over further than six furlongs, but we’ve always thought she would get further, so we’ll give her a go at a mile in Guineas and see what happens. She has always been a very straightforward and uncomplicated filly.”



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Ballydoyle could send strong team to Champions Day in Hong Kong 

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20th March
It's just been revealed that Aidan O'Brien has entered possible runners in the FWD Champions Day on April 28th at Sha Tin racecourse.

Royal Ascot winner Magic Wand is entered in the QEII Cup, British Champions Day runner up I Can Fly is among the entries for the Champions Mile and potential star sprinter Lost Treasure is in the Chairman's Sprint.


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Amedeo the horse that had Aidan dreaming entered at Naas on Opening Day

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19th March

This time last year Aidan described Amedeo Modigliani as the horse that has him dreaming and a horse in the could be anything category. 

The four-year-old is one of 12 entries for the Listed Devoy Stakes over a mile and a quarter, as the new Flat turf season gets under way in Ireland.

A son of Galileo, Amedeo Modigliani has not run since winning at Galway in August 2017 – missing the whole of his three-year-old season, having entered the winter as a leading fancy for the Investec Derby.

Galileo 3 year old filly Delphinia is Ballydoyle's only entry in the Group Three Lodge Park Stud EBF Park Express Stakes. Last seen when breaking her maiden tag at Galway in late October 2018. 



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New Poster ready for the season - A.P.O'Brien English Classic Winners - Needed updating with new sponsors




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WOW Annie Power and her Galileo Foal they both look a picture 


📸: @coolmorestud



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Ballydoyle Entries Opening Day of the Season Sunday at Naas
2.00 - Maiden - Ferretti, Empire State 
2.35 - Handicap - Empire, State Ferretti
3.05 - Handicap - Empire State. Ferretti, San Andreas, Never No More 
3.40 - Devoy Stakes Listed - Amedeo Modigliani
4.10 - Park Express Stakes Group 3 - Delphinia
5.20 - Maiden - National Guard, Globe Theatre, Ferretti, Fairy Fort, Empire State, Dunkirk Harbour.



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Confirmed Ballydoyle Dubai World Cup Night Team 30th March
Lost Treasure - Al Quoz Sprint 
Van Beethoven - UAE Derby 
I Can Fly - Dubai Turf 
Hunting Horn & Magic Wand - Sheema Classic


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Delano Roosevelt is now with Danish trainer Fleming Velin The gentleman who also purchased Fields of Athenry a few years back.




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Meet Ramesses the Great (Pioneerof the Nile x Mythical Bride)
Named after the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt. Ramesses the Great is a half brother to Vino Rosso winner of the Grade 2 Wood Memorial Stakes in 2018 Huge thanks to Tanya Gunther for the photo. Can't wait to see this fella hit the track for Ballydoyle in 2019. 




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Lancaster Bomber to move to Drakenstein in South Africa 

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March 14th

It was reported on Wednesday in South Africa that the 2018 Tattersalls Gold Cup hero & National Stud first-season Sire Lancaster Bomber (War Front x Sun Shower) will continue his stallion career in South Africa beginning in the 2019 Southern Hemisphere breeding season. The 5-year-old will stand at Drakenstein Stud Farm which is also the current home of former Ballydoyle resident Duke Of Marmalade.

Lancaster Bombers breeding career is managed by Avenue Bloodstock & he is standing his first season at the National Stud for a fee of £8,500.

During his race career at Ballydoyle Lancaster Bomber opened his account at two at the second time of asking before finishing runner-up in the Dewhurst Stakes and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

Lancaster Bomber embarked on a globe-trotting three-year-old campaign, finishing a close fourth to Churchill in the 2,000 Guineas, second to Barney Roy in the St James's Palace Stakes and runner-up in both the Woodbine Mile and Breeders' Cup Mile.

He returned at four to make his top-level breakthrough when making all to claim the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh. We wish him all the best at Drakenstein. 



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25 Ballydoyle Colts Remain in the Epsom Derby at the Latest Forefit Stage
Albuquerque, Anthony Van Dyck, Barbados, Broome, Cape of Good Hope, Circus Maximus, Constantinople, Eminence, Fresno, Godzilla, Harpo Marx, Japan, Il Paradiso, King Pellinor, Lake Mckenzie, Mohawk, Mount Everest, Norway, Old Glory, Pacific Ocean, South Pacific, Sovereign, Sydney Opera House, Turnberry Isle, Western Australia.



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Top Earning Horses Updated


A.P.O'Brien Season Earnings Updated




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Potential Ballydoyle World Cup Night Squad
Western Australia, Sydney Opera House, Van Beethoven, Albuquerque - UAE Derby
Magical Magic Wand - Sheema Classic
I Can Fly - Dubai Turf
Flag of Honour - Dubai Gold Cup 
Lost Treasure - Al Quonz Sprint 


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30 Ballydoyle Guineas Entries 
2000 Guineas - (16)
Broome, Western Australia, Sydney Opera House, Ten Sovereigns, The Irish Rover, Van Beethoven, Magna Grecia, U S S Michigan, San Andreas, Albuquerque, Anthony Van Dyvk, Japan, Mohawk, Norway, Circus Maximus & Mount Everest
1000 Guineas (14)
Coral Beach, Fairyland, Fire Fly, Fleeting, Frosty, Hermosa, Remember You, Just Wonderful, Magic Fountain, Peach Tree, Pink Dogwood, Secret Thoughts, So Perfect, Zagitova



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Perfect seasonal reappearance for I Can Fly at Dundalk
 

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Group One second placer I Can Fly (a 1 to 3 chance) returned to action with a bang in the Get A Run For Your Money With BetVictor Fillies Race at Dundalk.

The 116-rated four-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock, on her comeback off a 123 day break, eased away in the final furlong under Ryan Moore to beat Surrounding by eight lengths.

I Can Fly actually began her career with a course and distance success in September 2017.

Winning trainer Aidan O’Brien said: “I’m delighted with her. She’s a lovely filly and it’s great to get her started. Our plan is to go to Dubai with her for the nine-furlong (Grade 1 Dubai Turf) if she gets invited.

“She won her maiden here and handles the surface well. She’s a lovely straight forward filly and I couldn’t be happier.”



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Kentucky Derby hopefuls set for rescheduled Patton stakes 

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5th March

Champion Trainer Aidan O'Brien will be looking to build his early season success when he saddles four horses at Dundalk tomorrow evening. O'Brien got of to a flyer when U S S Michigan broke his maiden tag at Dundalk on Friday night before the meeting was canceled due to the sad passing of Willie Buckley Rest In Peace. 

O'Brien's son Joseph has been farming the All Weather venue over the winter months but that looks set to change tomorrow as the Ballydoyle behemoth is cranking up for the new Flat season. 

I Can Fly the 4YO Group 2 winning daughter of Fastnet Rock who finished runner up to Roaring Lion in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Group 1 last October is Aidan's only representative in the Run For Your Money BetVictor Conditions Stakes at 6.45 & will be partnered by Ryan Moore. 

Half an hour later O'Brien snr runs three in the featured Listed contest for three-year-olds, The Betvictor Patton Stakes, over one mile A European road to Kentucky Derby Trial.

Ryan Moore will partner the 110 rated Western Australia in the €75,000 event while Donnacha O'Brien rides the penalised Van Beethoven and Seamus Heffernan is on Albuquerque.



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Aidan unveils some of his World Cup Night plans 
 

4th March

Aidan O'Brien could be represented by 2 horses from the Ballydoyle older generation squad at Dubai for the World Cup night on March 31st. Royal Ascot winner Magic Wand & Prix de l'Abbaye 5th Lost Treasure are on the shortlist to make the trip to the UAE. 

Aidan said "Magic Wand did a bit of work with a lead horse at Dundalk on Friday night and we are thinking of going to Dubai with her. She will either go for the Turf or the Sheema Classic. Lost Treasure also worked at Dundalk and he could go for the Al Quoz sprint if he gets in.”

Aidan also has 7 entries in the UAE Derby Albuquerque, Blenheim Palace, Sydney Opera House, Sergei Prokofiev, Van Beethoven, The Irish Rover & So Perfect. Western Australia also could be supplemented for the race. Albuquerque Van Beethoven & Western Australia are set to run in the rescheduled Patton Stakes on Wednesday night at Dundalk.


Aidan also said that Dundalk maiden winner U S S Michigan could go to the Cardinal Conditions Stakes at Chelmsford on April 11th this is the final European Road To The Kentucky Derby Trial.  


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U S S Michigan sinks his rivals to break maiden tag at Dundalk 


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Aidan O'Brien started as he'll mean to continue in 2019 as U S S Michigan (a 2/5 shot) made short work of the opposition in the Lengthen The Odds With BetVictor Maiden in Dundalk.

On the back of a promising debut at the Curragh 244 days back when second, U S S Michigan stepped up a place, lengthening away down the outer from over a furlong out to see off Royal Court by two and a half lengths.

O’Brien’s son Joseph trains the runner-up.

Ryan Moore was in the plate on U S S Michigan and unfortunately due to a serious medical incident the stewards abandoned racing after this heat.

“He’s a big horse and we gave him time. He could go for a trial on the all-weather at Chelmsford. We’ll see how he is after this," said O'Brien.

For his part Moore stated: “He’s a big, strong horse who is going to get better through the year. He did that nicely from an outside stall as I had to use him up. When I asked him to go he went about his job very well.”


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