Katie T ready to knock out rivals on return at Limerick
Katie T returns to the track at Limerick today for a first time since her valuable Boylesports Hurdle triumph in January.
Kevin Prendergast's classy Beneficial mare faces six rivals in the handicap over an extended mile-and-three-furlong trip.
She is burdened with top-weight of 10st after incurring a 6lb penalty for her previous Leopardstown Flat success in October, but she is trusted to have the quality to prevail once more.
It was a decent contest that Katie T won in the autumn, and her big handicap hurdle victory confirmed that she is still a horse on an upward curve, so she is expected to collect again now under Chris Hayes. The nap selection on the second day of Limerick's student festival is the John Oxx-trained Awesome Star in the maiden over the same trip.
Ostensibly, this is an open contest with 15 runners, including Patrick Prendergast's consistent Ceylon and Dermot Weld's Kaleefa, which showed distinct promise in two outings last year. However, Awesome Star appeals as a solid option under Declan McDonogh.
The Sea The Stars four-year-old ran twice last year, beaten only half-a-length when third on his Curragh bow and then outclassed when second to Massinga at Galway. Awesome Star is unlikely to meet anything quite so good here, so he should win.
Weld could continue his superb form in the opening seven-furlong fillies' maiden with Mulkeyya, which ran a blinder to be second to The Warrior on her Curragh bow in March.
Joseph O'Brien could take the six-furlong maiden on his father Aidan's The Happy Prince, while he might double up aboard Laviniad for Willie Mullins in the mile handicap.
Mullins' Lawman mare ran well last term, finishing up in October with a decent third to Unsinkable at Leopardstown.