Thursday 22 August 2019

Missy and Elliott look ready to hit winning note

Trainer Gordon Elliott. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Trainer Gordon Elliott. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Gordon Elliott has watched his lead at the summit of the Irish trainers' table take a hit over Christmas but Missy Tata can strike back in Limerick's feature today.

The ground is heavy at the Shannonside track and on form that may be construed as a concern but the chances are she will cope with it in the Irish Independent Hurdle.

The maiden chase will also be a lively betting conundrum. Dicosimo, with 'FFP' his form coming into combat today, is hardly an obvious sort to go off odds-on in any race - but, such is his ability, it is a live possibility.

12.00 Woodlands House Hotel Adare Maiden Hurdle 2m

That Coquin Mans sports a hood on his Irish debut is not encouraging. He was last seen winning a three-year-old bumper at the centre-of-France course, Paray-le-Monial, in March 2015.

However, he is trained by Willie Mullins, and there is not much against him here. Nanny Stone may ber next best for the straight forecast.

Verdict: Coquin Mans can keep the Mullins bandwagon on the road.

12.35 D Pack Packaging Celebrating 10 Years In Business Beginners Steeplechase 2m1f 160yds

This should be fun, as likely favourite Dicosimo has failed to complete the last thrice and now makes his chase debut. Remember that it was here 12 months ago when he looked a hugely promising hurdler when winning by ten lengths under Danny Mullins. The ability is there, though O Ceallaigh should keep him honest.

Rated 150 over hurdles at his peak, Dicosimo is a livewire, and being free and unable to jump hurdles rendered him a difficult ride. Paul Townend takes over today and can give the son of Laveron a bit of confidence.

Verdict: Dicosimo can put his form letters behind him in this company.

1.10 Cube Veterans Handicap Steeplechase 2m6f120yds

This could be quite a nice opportunity for Golden Plan, which qualifies for this veterans' contest but has only raced 23 times and is relatively fresh in this company. He was a winner on heavy at Limerick over hurdles off 114 in March 2014 and two of his maiden chase runs were good. He jumps pretty fluently and this is not a good race.

As De Pique rates a solid rival but he was expected to tog out for the big race at Leopardstown yesterday; it would be asking quite a lot to come out again. Perhaps Letter Of Credit, which is capable of performing well in much better races than this when he puts it in.

Verdict: No more than a token pick, Golden Plan could be well-backed all the same.

1.40 Frontline Security Maiden Hurdle 2m

Kate Appleby Shoes is a risky bet here without knowing market signals, as she has neither jumped a hurdle nor been seen in 656 days. However, she is a smart mare, and can make up for lost time.

Gunnery Sergeant is in danger of becoming a little disappointing to judge from his Fairyhouse return but he must have a massive chance if bouncing back. He could have beaten the potentially high-class American Tom at Gowran last year, only to fall two out.

Verdict: Kate Appleby Shoes can defy a lay-off and beat Gunnery Sergeant.

2.15 Listed Irish Independent Hurdle 2m

With Brelade finishing second to Saturnas in the Grade One at Leopardstown yesterday and Allblack Des Places running just two days ago at Limerick - when desperately disappointing - this is set to cut up a little.

Missy Tata, such a progressive juvenile last term, is the obvious choice. That said, she has to prove that she is as effective on this sort of terrain - though she was physically wrong when disappointing the sole time she ran on soft to heavy at three.

Verdict: Missy Tata has to go on the ground but otherwise is hard to oppose.

2.50 Parkway Shopping Centre Handicap Hurdle 2m5f

Four each-way places for punters here but not much else of allure. This will be a race many will regret having betted on. Even so, something must win and Supreme Steel, with cheekpieces on for the first time, is reasonably solid after bumping into one at Tramore.

Verdict: Supreme Steel can go one better here.

3.25 Greenmount Equine Hospital Flat Race 2m

Guesswork abounds here, since there is so little form to go on. Noel Meade's horses have been in nice shape and it may be worth chancing the newcomer Pershing Missile, which runs in the familiar Hunt colours. A son of Milan, he is preferred to Judgement Day, a winner of a point in March.

Verdict: Pershing Missile may prove the answer on debut.

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