Malayan can make light work of rivals for Weld
Published 17/06/2011 | 05:00
Dermot Weld's unbeaten three-year-old Malayan Mist is fancied to take advantage of a favourable weight in tonight's feature at Limerick, the Martin Molony Listed Race.
On previous form, the Jessica Harrington-trained Bob Le Beau has certainly achieved more than the selection. Runner-up to So You Think in a Group Three in May before winning a handicap off 103, Bob Le Beau's latest Curragh outing saw him finish second to Viscount Nelson.
There is no doubt that Fran Berry's mount sets the standard in this eight-runner contest, but Malayan Mist is a game filly that should continue to progress. Having won her maiden at Gowran Park, she then responded well to Pat Smullen's urgings to score by a length in a conditions race at Ballinrobe.
The Dansili filly steps up a couple of furlongs to a mile-and-three here, but that ought to suit. With Bob Le Beau needing to concede 16lbs to her, Malayan Mist could take some stopping again.
Kastania is another strong fancy at the Munster venue. John Oxx's three-year-old is a daughter of his 2006 Irish St Leger winner Kastoria.
On her only outing this term, Kastania was a one-paced fifth behind Terminal Velocity at The Curragh two weeks ago. She steps up to an extended mile and three furlongs in the Croom House Stud maiden here, and that is expected to be crucial.
Hesamiya and Let It Snow represent two serious threats to Johnny Murtagh's mount. Hesamiya, which like Kastania is owned by the Aga Khan, kept for third in Malayan Mist's maiden last month, but is passed over by Murtagh now.
David Wachman, who trains the Tipperary runner-up Let It Snow, also has a live chance in the opener with Gonebeyondthemoon. Not beaten far when fourth to Laughing at Navan on her reappearance, Gonebeyondthemoon's form is the best on show.
Up at Down Royal, the Ruby Walsh-ridden Separate Ways is the day's nap selection.
David Marnane's five-time Flat winner was a little novicey on his jumping debut at Tipperary last time, but still kept on well to be third. If he improves for that, he will be very hard to beat in the maiden hurdle.
Walsh should get his day off to a good start on Jacksonslady in the opener, while Mossey Joe, so impressive in two chasing forays so far, is difficult to oppose despite dropping back in trip in the handicap chase.