Sport Horse Racing

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Lagostovegas can prevail as legend Healy is honoured

Liam Healy: race honour
Liam Healy: race honour

Johnny Ward

There will be memories aplenty at Listowel today as the featured Lartigue Hurdle honours the late photographer Liam Healy, who passed away earlier this summer.

Healy, a native of Listowel, would have been proud of the competitive nature of the field. It may be worth siding with the Harry Kelly-trained Lagostovegas in what is a cracking race.

The Footstepsinthesand filly has been kept busy on the Flat since finishing third - not at her best on atrocious ground - at Limerick in March.

She has been in decent shape on the level and a mark of 119 looks like it gives her a chance against her own age-group. She will be fine on summer soft.

Likely this has been the plan for Tudor City for some time. Owner John Breslin teamed up with Tony Martin for a huge win on Saturday with Quick Jack and this horse is a major danger to Lagostovegas.

Indeed, it is difficult to rule out the vast bulk of the field in this €55,000 affair.

The EBF Fillies Handicap over a mile has quite a nice prize but just a half-dozen runners.

Girl Of The Hour's trainer Jim Bolger had a quiet Champions Weekend but she could return him to the winners' circle; certainly a rating of 80 looks fair enough on her maiden form.

However, Gentil J is preferred for Harry Rogers. This daughter of Jeremy was with Andy Oliver, and her second-placed effort at Roscommon suggests she might have more to offer here in the hands of Wayne Lordan.

Ensign looks to have strong claims for the Aidan O'Brien stable in the opening Jet O'Carroll Memorial European Breeders Fund Maiden. Son Donnacha, a Group One-winning jockey at 18, takes the ride.

Laytown's annual fixture on the sand is always compelling and the nap vote goes to Acroleina in the Racing Post Handicap over six furlongs.

While she appears to have it to do on form, she was not beaten especially far last time and she was rampant in this race last year off 57.

Today she races off just 49, and course form is always hugely significant on the beach.

Irish Independent

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