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Gilgamboa set to light up Limerick





Limerick also begin their mammoth four-day meeting on Friday and with Shannon Airport coming on as a major sponsor of the Festival and RTé set to show a race live every day, there's plenty happening at the Munster track this Christmas.

A horse worthy of lining up in a Grade One novice chase anywhere in the land is the Enda Bolger-trained Gilgamboa (pictured) and he is the headline act in the feature Grade Two Shannon Airport Novice Chase which was won in the past by Sir Des Champs.

The JP McManus-owned six-year-old will be having just his seventh career start having suffered defeat just twice and this looks a perfect opportunity to keep his unbeaten record over fences in tact with Mark Walsh set to ride him.

JP McManus could be set for a double at his local track on St Stephen's Day as Pleased As Punch should be able to get her head back in front with a light weight on her back in the O'Kelly Brothers Demolition Mares Handicap Hurdle.

Gordon Elliott's horses have been in flying form and he is going to have plenty of interest across all three Irish cards on Friday and at Limerick he can instigate a Gigginstown double with Speed Demon in the opening Download The Free Racing FM App Maiden Hurdle getting the nod and then the Sandra Hughes-trained Grade One runner-up All Hell Let Loose likely to follow up his second behind Nichols Canyon and open his account over hurdles.

Robbie McNamara is another man who has strong claims to leave his local track with a brace as the recently turned professional rides Truthwillsetufree for Dermot Weld on her hurdling debut and if she can show up with some of her Flat form and put in a clear round she'll be hard to beat, while Ballyfinboy is a horse worth taking a chance with in the penultimate contest for trainer Jimmy Finn.