Saturday 23 September 2017

'Koeman' can strike for Tyner

Perhaps the most intriguing heat is the mares’ hurdle as Karalee returns, concluding a lay-off of 691 days. Stock image
Perhaps the most intriguing heat is the mares’ hurdle as Karalee returns, concluding a lay-off of 691 days. Stock image

Johnny Ward

Maidens nearing the end of the season can lack depth, with trainers averse to abandoning novice status for the sake of winning a race, yet it is hard to get over how poor Limerick's opener is today.

Blast Of Koeman, which on the face of it has it all to prove, will likely be cramped odds as little or nothing else has shown any form. This horse possibly needs to go right-handed and he should hack up in this for Robert Tyner, who may have prospects of a double.

The Tyner-trained Dont Kick Nor Bite is noted in the handicap chase. She was a bit frustrating hurdling but is still something of a blank canvas, ran a fair race last time and this is a nice pot too.

Tyner could even have a treble, since Sir Abbot has every chance at his best in the handicap hurdle, but Marakoush may prove the answer now. Like many of his expensive purchases, he has provided a derisory return for Barry Connell, but he would win this at his best and trainer Alan Fleming is creeping into form.

The feature Grade Three novice race isn't much of a contest, with Gigginstown providing two of their lesser lights. General Principle is no more than a token pick, though he is no star and it would not surprise if something beat him.

Perhaps the most intriguing heat is the mares' hurdle as Karalee returns, concluding a lay-off of 691 days. The beauty for Willie Mullins and Rich Ricci is that she is still only six and she is a class apart in this company.

The rated novice hurdle sees seven previous winners go to war. Lachares, in receipt of a lot of weight, could provide some value for Ellmarie Holden.

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