It was great to see Farouk D’Alene really fight to win in Limerick yesterday and hopefully we have a few more ready to do battle today.
We kick off with Limerick and FIERAMI in the opener, a rated novices hurdle over 2m. This will be his first outing for us and new connections in what looks a very close race. It’ll be exciting to see if we can improve this horse and we have booked Denis O’Regan to ride.
Next up we LARQUEBUSE in the mares beginners chase over 2m3f. This mare has done a great job competing against the geldings of late and jumped strongly the last day . Today she is back against the mares and should be able to make an impression. Denis O’Regan has been booked to ride.
Jody McGarvey had a great day around Limerick yesterday with a double on the card, today he rides MIRACLE IN MEDINAH in the 2m6f Novice Handicap Chase. He seems to be finding his stride now and we hope he can provide Jody with another good day.
Up next is the feature race of the card, the Grant Thornton hurdle, a Grade 2 over 2m for 4yo. We send GRAND ROI who is back in his own age group after taking on older horses in a Grade 3 hurdle. He is one that we are hoping can build on that run and we have booked Denis O’Regan to ride.
Finally for Limerick we have ENNEMI PUBLIC in the handicap hurdle over 2m3f, who will be top weight for proceedings. We have booked Gavin Brouder to take off 7lbs to try and help this horse who looks like he is going in the right direction.
Back across to Leopardstown we will keep everything crossed that we can have Jack Kennedy back in the saddle as he was stood down ahead of racing by the course doctors. MAKE MY HEART FLY is two pounds clear of the field, Jack Wildman gets to claim 4lbs in this Adare Manor Opportunity hurdle and the drying ground at Leopardstown will be all the help. MORATORIUM will have Eoin O’Connell who takes 2lbs off, again this is another horse who is finding his mark now and should run well.
It’s another big field for the Pigsback.com Maiden Hurdle where we have the exciting FAKIR D’ALENE. This horse probably just took a while to get into the swing of things and he showed great improvement the last day and we will be hoping for another good run like that with Jack Kennedy booked to ride.
BLACK TEARS has a tough challenge ahead of her in the Mares Grade 3 hurdle over 2m4f as the field is full of strong graded mares. Rated only two pounds lower than Concertista we are receiving 8lbs from her which may prove a big help. Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.
It’s a very small field for the Grade 1 Neville Hotels Novices Chase over 3m. Here we have CONFLATED who has been chasing hope smart horses before storming clear to win his last chase start by 16L. This is a big step up in class but it is a race we have done well in the past. Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.
Quickly following that is more Grade 1 excitement, we are double handed in the Grade 1 Matheson Hurdle over 2m where the field is headed by ABACADABRAS. This horse probably got to the front too early the last day but managed to hold on in front ahead of Saint Roi. Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride while Bryan Cooper has been chosen for PETIT MOUCHOIR who returns to Cullentra House for his new connections. He is a high class horse and might just be lacking a run unlike some of his competitors.
Finally in the bumper we have HOLLOW GAMES. This horse could be something very special as he was foot perfect in his last two starts. He comes up against a lot of more exposed horses who have plenty of experience. It makes things even better that the form has been franked by the second horse going on to win on his next start. Jamie Codd has been booked to ride.