Another busy day for us as we send 14 down to Limerick.
The first race, The Ladbrokes The Nation Plays Novices Hurdle Listed Race, is a very small field of 5, for which we have 2. EVERYBREATHYOUTAKE was in great form over the summer and takes her chances stepping up to Listed company. Davy Russell will take the ride. Our second runner in the race is MILAN NATIVE who was a very good Novice Hurdler last season and will be making his seasonal debut and will have Jack Kennedy on board.
We send another two forward for the next: the Irish Racing Wall Calendar Mares Handicap Hurdle. OCEAN VOYAGE tops the weights having been a 5L winner last time out. She’s in good form after the summer holidays and is joined by BALLYDUNBLAZE. The later was a nice 3rd last time out which has set her up nicely for this. Davy Russell will be taking the ride.
The next race is another Listed event: the PricewaterhouseCoopers Irish EBF Mares Hurdle. BLACK TEARS is our only representative here. She ran a very good race in 3rd last time out, where she needed the run. Her fitness will be much improved. Davy Russell will be taking the ride and we hope the pair will feature.
Back to two runners for the next: the David Fitzgerald Memorial Handicap Hurdle. Here SASSY YET CLASSY is joined by HOLY MOTIVATION. The first has been running ok so far this season without featuring. Davy Russell will take the ride. Holy Motivation has been in flying form as she aims for a hatrick. Jack Kennedy will be riding.
In the 5th race we have another two runners. DINONS has been running well this year and was 3rd behind Wicklow Brave last time out, Davy Russell will be taking the reins. Our second horse is WESTLAND ROW who has come down the weights a little and is off a nice mark here. Jack Kennedy will be riding.
The feature race of the card is next, the Ladbrokes Munster National Handicap Steeple Chase. THE BIG LENSE has won two big pots recently and is gunning for his third in a row. He has been well treated by the handicapper and Luke Dempsey will be back on board. NAMBOUR runs for the Gigginstown team. He was an unlucky faller last time having travelled well and we think he is ready to take his chances in this. Lastly is TIMIYAN who has been ballotted out of a few races recently. It’ll be a big task for him but we know he can stay. Niall Madden will be getting the ride on him.
Finally we have another two runners in the last, Cheltenham winner CHAMPAGNE CLASSIC will be having another go at chasing having been placed in Graded races. Keith Donoghue will be riding. CRACKING SMART was down the field in a Grade One last time out and this looks like a nice contest to get his season underway. Jack Kennedy will be taking the ride.
We wish all our horses and riders the very best of luck and to come home safe.