Friday 15 December 2017

Mullins team eyeing Limerick hat-trick

Damien McElroy

Willie Mullins looks the man to follow yet again at Limerick tomorrow when he should help himself to a treble with the expert assistance of his son Patrick and champion jockey Ruby Walsh.

The powerful Mullins-Walsh team will be expecting to record an early double with Glenlo Abbey and Morning Supreme over timber before Patrick teams up in the finale with Lios A Choill, which now bypasses Cheltenham.

This afternoon's initial session could also see Waterford colleague Henry de Bromhead and young Andrew Lynch likewise getting a timely pre-festival boost with Romanasco in the Sizing Europe colours.

Davy Russell will have a fair idea of whether locally based Solwhit will make the Champion Hurdle field when he travels to the course today with a decent book of mounts that may yield two winners.

A fair fourth to Capellanus at Gowran Park on his Irish debut last month, ex-English Point Of Light can begin to pay back a fraction of his purchase price by taking the opening Student Raceday Hurdle.

An hour later Russell partners another likely favourite Liss Na Tintri in search of compensation on behalf of John Kiely's Dungarvan yard for her final-flight exit at Punchestown when upsides Spare Shilling.

This Presenting mare, which opened her bumper account here a year ago before taking the runner-up berth in Aintree's championship, has what could prove a vital edge in jumping experience over smart Fairyhouse winner Greenhill Millie in the Munster Supporters Club Maiden Hurdle.

Point-to-point victor Romanesco likewise has the jumping form to dominate in the following maiden hurdle, while the admirably consistent Our Girl Salley can regain the winning thread in the Ladies bumper.

Katie Walsh gets a real tune out of this Prunella Dobbs-trained mare while both she and older brother Ruby have enjoyed plenty of success aboard Morning Supreme, which is on a hat-trick mission there tomorrow.

The Dawn Omega Milk Novice Hurdle for mares which has Listed status is quite a competitive affair and course and distance scorer Morning Supreme may shade the verdict over the equally classy For Bill.


Then there's another treat in store for patrons as Thurles specialist Tally Em Up attempts to concede weight to her Dawn Run Novice Chase rivals, the pick of whom could be Fairyhouse hurdles winner Shuil Aris.

This Anshan mare is taken to reverse earlier Fairyhouse form with Cara Mara and give young Alain Cawley a successful comeback from a fractured collar-bone that's healed in the nick of time ahead of Cheltenham.

The Galway pilot might be on the mark as well with Eric McMamara's bottom weight Caola Mann, which is already proven over the course and distance of the Charleville Cheese Handicap Chase.

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