Monday 19 February 2018

Jaguar ready to roar for Christie

McDonogh: rides Jaguar Paw. Picture credit: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
McDonogh: rides Jaguar Paw. Picture credit: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

A refixture at Limerick today is the calm after storm of the Arc and Tipperary's 'Super Sunday'.

It is standard-enough fare, with the testing conditions consistent with the coming of winter. David Christie does much of his business in the coldest season - he is primarily a jumps handler - but he can make 'em move on the Flat too and Jaguar Paw can score for him in the first division of the Croom Handicap.

A son of Dandy Man, which remains popular with breeders with a limited budget, Jaguar Paw probably had a near-hopeless task in attempting to beat Palavicini Run at the Curragh a couple of weeks ago. The winner was exceptionally well-backed, yet she was briefly made to work by Jaguar Paw.

It was a step up from a previous nice run at Gowran and, while he belongs in that "is what he is" category, the three-year-old is nicely weighed under Declan McDonogh. The draw is fine too.

If you like course form, Bulgadin Lady will appeal in the apprentice handicap. John Feane has an enviable strike-rate and this former Limerick winner relishes some dig underfoot. Similar ground-related comments apply to Botanical Lady. She deserves the door to open in the second division of the Croom Handicap, having been third the last three times.

Pleascach realised a marvellous training effort by Jim Bolger in her narrow Chantilly defeat yesterday and stablemate Burning Sword could strike in the 11-furlong maiden.

Aidan O'Brien's achievement in leading home a 1-2-3 in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe reaffirmed his legendary status. The stable has some of its lesser lights at Limerick today, including Sean O'Casey, whose mark of 80 reflects that he is beatable in the mile maiden.

That said, he is pretty solid and faces some other rather exposed and somewhat frustrating sorts in this event. Seamus Heffernan takes the ride on the son of Galileo, which ran well last time in defeat.

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