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Red-hot Oscars can do the business for Tyner

Published 29/12/2011 | 05:00

The Robert Tyner-trained Oscars Business is the day's nap selection at Limerick.

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A resounding 11-length winner on her second racecourse start in a Navan bumper earlier in the month, the seven-year-old mare had previously won three point-to-points.

She faces 11 rivals on her hurdling bow in the two-and-a-quarter-mile maiden under Philip Enright here, but few of those strike as being nearly as promising.

Sonata D'Amour did run well to be second to Sligo Publican in a bumper at Tipperary in May, but is likely to need the run against her race-fit opponent. Colin Bowe's Glibin, third behind the same horse at Clonmel recently, may be Oscars Business' main threat if she copes with this slightly shorter trip.

Bowe is expected to take the mares' beginners' chase with Askanna. The Enright-ridden Gerdalia should pose a real threat on the back of her third to Knockfierna at Wexford, but Askanna's overall profile is more appealing.

A four-time winner over hurdles, including in Graded company at Punchestown in May, the daughter of Old Vic had what was effectively her first outing of the campaign when finishing last of three to So Young at Punchestown last month.

That will have left her spot on for this, and she should have no fears over the bigger obstacles, having already won two point-to-points under today's rider Barry O'Neill.

In each of the card's two handicap hurdles, horses that won earlier in the week are fancied to follow up. Seamus Braddish's Satwa King hacked up here on Tuesday.

He tackles the two-and-a-quarter-mile handicap under a six-pound penalty this time, and it's hard to see that being enough to slow him. Fahamore confirmed his potential when scoring in similar fashion on St Stephen's Day.

Eddie Harty's four-year-old was having just his fourth start then, so you'd have to think that an extra four pounds will be no trouble to him now.

Cloughmile comes here on a hat-trick for local handler Michael Hourigan, and she looks the danger.

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