Oscars to take care of business
ROBERT TYNER has his horses in tremendous shape right now, and the Kinsale-based handler is expected to saddle his third winner of the week when Oscars Business takes her chance in the mares' beginners' chase at Limerick.
A three-time point-to-point victor that won a Navan bumper and a maiden hurdle at this festival last year, Oscars Business has yet to replicate that sort of precocity over fences.
She never really got into contention in a handicap off 116 at Fairyhouse last time, but was a fair runner-up in two of her three previous starts.
Sandwiched in between was a fourth in a good race that was won by this week's stylish graded-winner Argocat.
In that respect, Oscars Business' overall profile is quite solid, so she can get back to winning ways under Philip Enright now.
The selection's main danger is Dangan Daylight. Colm Murphy's six-year-old has done less racing, but is another with 'point' and maiden hurdle triumphs already. If she improves for her chasing debut third at Clonmel, she will be a threat.
Just five tackle the concluding beginners' chase, and maybe only two really count. At Clonmel earlier in the month, Mazuri Cowboy had a couple of lengths to spare over Castle Wings when he finished a rather fortunate second to Dream Function.
Since then, Mazuri Cowboy has been badly beaten at Fairyhouse, so it is worth taking a chance on Castle Wings turning the form around for Jimmy and Paddy Mangan.
The seven-year-old's only previous wins have come in a bumper and maiden hurdle at this fixture the past two years, so he clearly likes the Munster venue.
With James Dullea's handicap debutant Scrapper Jack – successful in a bumper here in January – fancied in the two-and-a-quarter-mile hurdle and A Decent Excuse getting the vote to take the three-mile edition for Eugene O'Sullivan, it could be a good day for Cork handlers in Limerick.
O'Sullivan's charge took a Naas maiden in November, before recording a commendable third behind Quietly Fancied in a Clonmel handicap.
He is 1lb higher today, but Paddy Kennedy takes 5lb off and this isn't as good a race. In the bumper, local handler Michael Hourigan can strike with Aerlite Supreme.
Placed at Cork and Galway already, Robbie McNamara's mount is the form pick.