Things have gone pretty much according to plan so far in the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick but the classic really enters the high-pressure stage in the quarter-finals tonight.
The one to emerge from the pack in the opening rounds has been Priceless Brandy (10.10) and the youngster can enhance his claims with a very positive run in the last of the qualifiers. The Kilkenny record holder has looked high class to date and is a clear favourite in all the betting lists. He had a nightmare draw last week but dealt with it very professionally and has been rewarded with a relatively handy draw this time. Stand by for another very impressive run from the dog which Paul Hennessy trains for Bryan and Kathleen Murphy. He can lead home Droopys Punk and High St Jesse.
Hennessy has another Leger fancy in Jaytee Dutch (9.40) and he faces a tough test in the second heat which is the most difficult qualifier. Pat Buckley's English Derby finalist Lenson Rocky will also be in the line-up and he must have a big chance of leading up from trap four. The draw might well decide it in favour of Jaytee from Lenson Rocky and Highview Event.
Graham Holland's Ballinakil Clare (9.25) looks a banker in the opening heat, while Liam Twomey's Witches Belle (9.55) gets a strong vote to land Heat 3 from Native Chimes.
This is one of the big nights of the year at Mullingar with the final of the Agri Stores Fair Warrior Stake the main attraction. It is backed up by the final of the Sonny & Mary Murtagh Memorial A2 which commemorates a couple who contributed more than handsomely to the fortunes of the midland track.
The Michael Enright-trained Aulton Jet has emerged as a sprint star this year and he looks set to capture the prize tonight for Pat Hogan. A Day Late might be his main rival.
The semi-finals of the Track Bookmakers Open 750 top the Shelbourne card and the clash of the great Tradition and new star Airmount Tess could be memorable.