Tuesday 20 March 2018

Lily's Star quality to shine through

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

The curtain comes down on Bellewstown's three-day July festival with a mixed card tomorrow afternoon, while there is a full programme of jumps activity at Limerick.

In the €9,423 Glebe House Stud Handicap, the most valuable contest on offer at the Crockafotha venue, Harry Rogers' Lily's Star is taken make amends for being a beaten favourite last night.

A winner at the track last August, the four-year-old had previously run well in two respectable handicaps, but yesterday's race just didn't happen for her and she finished sixth.

At Leopardstown in May, she was third to Manaaqeb, before impressing when second to Spin Of A Coin at the same course a few weeks ago. A half-length behind her on that occasion was Ted Dolly, which has since scored off a three-pound higher mark.

Off a light weight here, Lily's Star could bounce back to her best. While the hat-trick-seeking Patrickswell is one that could trouble the selection, a mile may stretch the stamina of a horse that has been winning over five and six furlongs.

In the preceding Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, Edenshaw, Jouster and Oh What A Kitten all bring some placed form to the table.

Gerard O'Leary's Edenshaw is probably the most established of the trio, but he has run to an almost identical rating in handicaps as Oh What A Kitten.

The deciding factor tomorrow may be that the latter Dermot Weld-trained filly is in receipt of 5lbs.

Having been placed in each of her last four starts, she is due a rub of the green under Pat Smullen now.

Tom Horn is the pick of what's on offer in the two hurdle races. Already a winner at Clonmel and Kilbeggan this season, Noel Meade's representative faces his stiffest task yet in being asked to concede 6lbs and more in the Nordman Portable Stables Hurdle, but he has been winning in the manner of a very smart horse.

At Limerick, Commandment gets the nod to build on his promising reappearance in the beginners' chase.

A commanding winner of a maiden hurdle at Thurles in October, Robert Tyner's seven-year-old was beaten only by a race-fit rival on his fencing debut at Cork towards the end of May.

Got Attitude should also go well in the subsequent handicap chase. Third at Killarney last time, Barry Geraghty's mount looks to be coming into form.

Irish Independent

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