Saturday 16 December 2017

Berry to score again on Mulligatawny

Jockey Fran Berry. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Jockey Fran Berry. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Limerick's latest attempt to race is again subject to an 8.0 inspection this morning after parts of the inside track remained waterlogged yesterday, but there will be no such problems at Dundalk tonight.

Fran Berry has just one mount at the invaluable all-weather facility, as he had last week.

The soon-to-be departed rider made the booking on Drillmaster pay with a win seven days ago, and he could execute a similar feat aboard the Jessica Harrington-trained Mulligatawny this evening.

A Lope De Vega three-year-old that raced just once last year, Mulligatawny is on duty in a pretty competitive mile maiden here. First Class Ticket, Zilbiyr and Whiskey Zulu are others that stand out as having live chances on the basis of form, but Berry's partner looked the part on its debut.

At Leopardstown in October, he came from well back to finish with a flourish to be fourth behind Awtaad. At the time, it looked a fine start in what was a reasonable maiden for the time of year.

If Mulligatawny has progressed in the interim, then, there is a real chance that he will be just that bit better than the rest here. As such, he warrants the nap vote.

In the opening seven-furlong maiden, Aidan O'Brien and Seamie Heffernan get the nod to collect with Ruby Gates. Fifth on her January debut before improving to chase home Va Pensiero last month, the daughter of Avonbridge looked as though a mile stretched her on that occasion.

The drop to seven might see her collect in what looks a pretty moderate affair.

Just five will go to post for the €16,000 mile handicap. Hat Alnasar, Reckless Lad and Split The Atom all bring recent form to the table, and a chance is taken on Hat Alnasar defying a 4lb hike for narrowly thwarting Split The Atom two weeks ago.

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