A look ahead to today’s card here at Limerick and some tips….
Nap of the meeting – Tulsa Jack (4.40)
1.55 – Missy Tata – Maurice Power Solicitors Hurdle – Win
Missy Tata can stretch her winning run to three. She scored in good style at the Punchestown festival in late April and followed up with the minimum of fuss at Killarney the following month. She is up ever so slightly in trip for this and looks a bet to account for her stable companion Mossback who created a very favourable impression when landing a bumper here in April. While he goes over hurdles for the first time here, he is likely to prove a bigger danger than Oiche Mhaith Boy and Jaime Sommers.
Exacta – 2-4 Trifecta – 2-4-1
2.25 – Screaming Rose – Listed Dunraven Arms Hotel Novice Hurdle – Win
Screaming Rose disappointed on heavy ground at Listowel last month but will hopefully do better now. She was well beaten into third place behind today’s rival Carrig Cathal on that occasion but the ground is unlikely to be as testing here perhaps she can turn the tables. Her earlier form when winning at Killarney in July and August looks good and she is taken to bounce back. Carrig Cathal was a winner at Ballinrobe at the end of May and followed up at Downpatrick in July and he comes here as the one to beat. Peregrine Run is chasing a hat-trick after wins at Down Royal and Gowran Park but this represents a big step up in class for him. On his best form, Delegate might not be far away.
Exacta – 6-1 Trifecta – 6-1-5
3.00 – Head Turner – At The Races App Mares Handicap Hurdle – Win
Head Turner ran out the easiest of winners at Ballinrobe in August and might just add to that success. The handicapper didn’t miss her and she went up 8lbs for her cosy four-length victory over Hurry Kitty. This step up in distance might just bring about further improvement. Crystal Pearl didn’t appear to be making any impression and was soundly beaten when a faller at the final flight at Navan last time. She might do better here but a bigger danger to the selection might come from Brogine who was third to Polar Present in a maiden hurdle at Cork at the end of August and could be better suited by the return to handicap company. Hello Sweetie is certainly another to note.
Exacta – 1-7 Trifecta – 1-7-4
3.35 – Simiel – David Fitzgerald Memorial Handicap Hurdle – Each/Way
Simiel makes some appeal as he runs in his first handicap hurdle. He has plenty of jumping experience and comes here on the back of a maiden hurdle success at Clonmel a month ago. Up in trip for this, he might be up to winning from last Tuesday’s Tipperary scorer Tristram Shandy who was raised 5lbs for that success but gets in here with a 4lbs fixed penalty. A Decent Excuse has run well on his two most recent outings and might reach the frame ahead of both Glencairn View who runs for the first time since May and top-weight Thanks For Tea who drops in class after two runs behind Airlie Beach at Galway and Gowran Park last month.
Exacta – 11-10 Trifecta – 11-10-8
4.10 – Sub Lieutenant – PriceWaterhouseCooper Rated Chase – Win
Sub Lieutenant just gets the vote. He did quite well last season and ended the campaign when third to Zabana in a Grade 1 at the Punchestown festival. A longer trip might suit him better, but he can make a winning return at the main expense of Pairofbrowneyes who is likely to improve for his comeback effort behind Ballycasey in a Grade 2 at Gowran Park last weekend. Shadow Catcher ran his best race when a close sixth in TheTote.com Galway Plate but he didn’t do so well at Listowel and might want better ground. Venitien De Mai will have no issues with the underfoot conditions and should be third best ahead of him.
Exacta – 1-5 Trifecta – 1-5-3
4.40 – Tulsa Jack – JT McNamara Munster National Handicap Chase – Each/Way
Tulsa Jack might go well in this open race as he goes back over fences and back on soft ground. He won as he liked at Kilbeggan in the middle of July and didn’t do too badly on a couple of subsequent runs on faster ground over hurdles at Galway and at Bellewstown. Clearly better over fences, he could put it up to Wrath Of Titans who beat this afternoon’s rival Rightville Boy to win the Kerry National at Listowel. Aurora Bell, Aranhill Chief and Clarcam all finished further back in that one while Killer Crow was brought down at an early stage. The latter would be a threat with better luck and in the same colours Tiger Roll is of some interest on his handicap chase debut. The King Of Brega, Elegant Statesman and Kylecrue are just three more to consider.
Exacta – 8-5 Trifecta – 8-5-14
5.10 – Woodford Island – Racing Post EBF Beginners Chase – Win
Woodford Island is likely to come on for his recent run at Listowel and looks the one to beat. He was running for the first time since February when second to Bay Of Freedom on his chasing debut at the Kerry track last month and that experience should stand to him. Moylisha Tim was no match for De Plotting Shed over hurdles at Navan three weeks ago but his overall form certainly gives him a chance and his recent runs might give him an edge over Positive Approach who has been absent since March and Roman Gold who turns out for the first time today since early February.
Exacta – 9-2 Trifecta – 9-2-4