Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Wachman's filly a Compelling choice at Limerick

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Compelling is the nap selection on a tricky eight-race programme at Limerick this evening.

David Wachman's well-bred filly faces 14 opponents in the seven-furlong maiden, a good percentage of which don't have much going for them. Vastitas and Dodging Bullets are two live threats, however, so Compelling won't have it all her own way.

Andy Oliver's Dodging Bullets improved on its debut to finish second at Down Royal two weeks ago, and that form has been franked by the third home, Coprah, subsequently scoring at The Curragh. Vastitas, third to Coprah that day, is more experienced with nine runs to her name, but should win one of these at some stage.

Still, Compelling was beaten little more than a length when fifth in a hot maiden that was won by Lady Fashion at Dundalk on her reappearance. Following that, Lady Fashion won again, while the second, third, fourth and sixth have all been placed.

The seventh home was none other than Laughing, a dual winner that took Notable Graduate's scalp at Leopardstown on Thursday. With that in mind, Compelling could be very hard to beat under Wayne Lordan now.

In the fillies' handicap that follows, Gossamer Seed can bounce back to form for John Murphy. This one-mile heat looks wide open, but Murphy's three-year-old showed some improvement from her reappearance effort when seventh at Cork at the end of April.

That was a decent affair, yet the handicapper has dropped Gossamer Seed two pounds in the weights. If she sees out the one-mile trip, she should go close.

Ben Curtis, who has ridden four winners over the past week, is fancied to continue his purple patch in the second division of the Limerick GAA Handicap. The consistent Desert Ben is sure to have it supporters, but the extended six furlongs will suit Tipperary runner-up Mrs Batt well.

In the first division, Kenton Street is likewise expected to build on a second placing. A winner at Dundalk in December, Seamie Heffernan's mount found just one too good off a rating of 62 at Kempton in January.

He competes off a two-pound lower mark here. When you consider that the Kempton third, Collect Art, has since won six times, Kenton Street's rating is favourable.

Prophesy, fourth in a decent maiden at Naas last month, should improve to get Aidan O'Brien on the scoresheet with his only runner on the card in the colts and gelding s juvenile contest for Colm O'Donoghue.

Irish Independent

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