Saturday 20 January 2018

Debuchet likely to go one better for Mags Mullins

'Debuchet, so agonisingly close to providing Mags Mullins with victory at Cheltenham, faces something of a blank piece of paper in Leopardstown winner High Tide' (Stock image)
'Debuchet, so agonisingly close to providing Mags Mullins with victory at Cheltenham, faces something of a blank piece of paper in Leopardstown winner High Tide' (Stock image)

Johnny Ward

The classiest race at Limerick is the Listed Kevin McManus Bookmaker (P-Am) Flat Race.

Debuchet, so agonisingly close to providing Mags Mullins with victory at Cheltenham, faces something of a blank piece of paper in Leopardstown winner High Tide, which led home a 1-2-3 for Joseph O'Brien then.

JP McManus since purchased the son of Montjeu, clearly very promising, but surely unlikely to beat Debuchet if he is close to his Cheltenham form.

The nightcap is anomalous, given the banality of the rest of the card. Rachael Blackmore, who leads Donagh Meyler 29-24 in the conditionals' title race, may extend her advantage as swantykay has every chance in a moderate maiden chase.

The opening mares' maiden hurdle is a poor race and high nellie, rated 102, may be the answer for the connections of Limestone Lad and Solerina. The other maiden is a better heat and the Jim Dreaper-trained sizinguptheamazon is a tentative pick under Mark Enright.

Freeway space, top weight in the mares' handicap hurdle, has been rather disappointing jumping. However, she should have too much class under Barry John Foley if she shows her best now.

Hareth has three successive third-place finishes but could strike for Charles Byrnes now.

Irish Independent

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