Horse Racing: SEAMUS HASKALD COMFORT; Heffernan Ride Looking Good

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TAKE a chance on the versatile KALDERON to land the Irish Lincoln when the 2007 flat season swings into action at the Curragh on Sunday.

Heavy ground and question-marks over fitness level will make life difficult for punters in the first few weeks of the new season.

But Kalderon, third to Bawaader in this event last year, is fit from hurdling, is a listed winner on the level and makes plenty of appeal in the wake of a creditable run at Cheltenham last week.

Sixth to compatriot Ebaziyan in the Supreme Novices at Cheltenham, Kalderon is rated 3lb. higher than when third in the 'Lincoln' last year.

And, although he must shoulder 9-12 tomorrow, he must have a solid each-way chance, running on the flat for the first time since winning the listed Ruby Stakes at Tralee last August.

Dangers are numerous in a typically competitive 'Lincoln' which features Bawaader, a runaway eight lengths winner last year, and 2005 winner Victram.

Michael Halford's Deauville Vision, which eanred an overdue bracket in a Curragh maiden before scoring in a Leopardstown handicap on the last day of the season, is reportedly working well on the Curragh and enters calculations.

But German-bred Kalderon is used to lumping big weights over hurdles, is fit and well after his Cheltenham run and will handleground conditions.

So he should run a big race and might reward each-way support. …