Sport Horse Racing

Friday 23 March 2018

Time to let yourself go with maguire hope

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Adrian Maguire's Let Yourself Go, so progressive in winning four of its first eight starts over fences last season, is the horse to beat as he goes in search of a second successive triumph in the Pricewaterhouse-coopers Chase at Limerick tomorrow.

Just five go to post for the €20,475 Grade Three, with Nick Williams sending over Cornas, which fell five-out in the corresponding race 12 months ago. On the basis of some promising efforts in good company subsequently, the British raider looks to be the selection's main danger.

Nicanor, Salesin and Cruising Katie, all useful in their own right, need to improve to feature here. As a one-time conqueror of Denman, Nicanor is undoubtedly the most talented horse in the race, but he is a shadow of the horse he was back then.

Let Yourself Go, while never likely to reach such dizzy heights, at least looks as though he has yet to fulfil his potential. A bold-jumping front-runner, he recorded some fine efforts throughout last term, often winning on unsuitably soft ground.

After an exhausting effort in bottomless going at Fairyhouse in April, Let Yourself Go recovered to run the race of his life on much drier ground at Punchestown. In the Grade One Ryanair Novice Chase, he gave best only to Captain Cee Bee. A repeat of that would likely be enough.

In the Munster National, Tony McCoy bids to get a first high-profile victory out of the frustrating Dancing Tornado.

If anyone can achieve such a feat it is McCoy, but 7/2 doesn't appeal in such a competitive race. Oscar Looby, at 8/1, may be the one to side with. Progressive over fences last year, Noel Meade's seven-year-old was third on what was effectively his seasonal reappearance at Gowran Park last week. With a return to three miles expected to be in his favour now, Oscar Looby is nicely in off just 10st 10lb.

Irish Independent

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