Progressive Lord Adare ready to make amends for Byrnes
The potent old firm of Charles Byrnes and Davy Russell can land this evening's nap with Lord Adare at Tipperary.
On a mixed card at the Limerick Junction track, the two-mile maiden hurdle that Lord Adare tackles is competitive, with Artful Artist, Enjoy Responsibly, Knockrea, Roman General, Texas Tea and Killeena House others with live chances.
However, few have as much scope for progression as Byrnes' Moscow Society gelding, which won a bumper on its Limerick bow in December.
He returned there to contest a maiden hurdle last month, and might well have maintained his 100pc record had he not threatened to run out at the second-last flight.
Lord Adare kept on again to be denied just three-parts of a length by Todd, with Tawseef in third. Tawseef was a fine second to Emperor Of Exmoor at Fairyhouse on Sunday, so Lord Adare is fancied to make amends now.
Russell has a chance in each of the programme's three hurdle races, with Company Coming possibly the pick of his other two in the final maiden over three miles. Trained by his Gold Cup-winning partner Jim Culloty, this son of Presenting finished second in its only point-to-point when sent off favourite a year ago. He then struggled in deep ground over flights this winter, before shaping with more encouragement when fourth to Desertmore Stream at Clonmel over two miles.
Gold Platinum, which passed the post in second that day, has since won, so Company Coming appeals in an open race now that he steps up to three miles on good ground.
On the Flat, Aidan O'Brien's $1m War Front juvenile The Great War is an intriguing runner in the opening maiden, with Mick Halford's Kernoff the clear form pick in the next over the same five-furlong trip.
In the dash handicap, John Feane's Strategic Heights bids for a fourth win in five runs after just being denied by Catwilldo at Dundalk, but Queen Grace, fourth that day, is preferred.
Michael Browne's mare is seven pounds better off here for a length defeat when you factor in Robbie Downey's seven-pound claim, so she should take a bit of stopping.