Expect Matt to shine in Gain 600 heats

Ballymac Matt can prove himself a perfect fit for the six-hundred-yard test at Shelbourne Park by making a winning start to his Gain 600 bid.

Expect Matt to shine in Gain 600 heats

When he times his break right, the Liam Dowling-trained runner can be quite spectacular and the demands of this stake can bring about improvement in the impressive July pup.

It’s no easy introduction to what can be a particularly demanding distance, but likely market rival Greenwell Hulk, who was most impressive in winning this stake in 2014, took a nasty tumble on his comeback last week, and may be best watched for now.

Even trap six is unlikely to be enough to deny the remarkable Ballydoyle Honey in the second semi-final of the Sporting Press Irish Oaks.

The bitch has twice broken 28 seconds but may struggle to live up to that level from this box. However, her all-round speed should be enough to keep her out of trouble, and that should be enough to ensure she advances victorious.

The closing race sees the return of Derby winner Laughil Blake. Despite the lack of a recent run, he’s almost impossible to oppose, and will be priced accordingly. Nevertheless, it’ll be great to see him back in action.

The feature of the weekend’s action is tomorrow night’s final of the BIF Produce Stakes, at Clonmel, and Amazing Dude can justify long odds-on favouritism for trainer Graham Holland.

The youngster rode a bump en route to an impressive display in the semi-finals, having equalled the track record a week earlier. He may edge right on exiting trap one , but he has the pace to clear his rivals, and will be very hard to deny.

Haughty Slippers looks very well drawn in trap five, and could be the one to benefit if trouble befalls the favourite.

Galbally GAA is holding a fundraising meeting at Limerick Stadium tonight and would appreciate all support on what should be a fantastic night’s entertainment. The action begins at 7.40pm, and the feature on the 12-race programme is the Galbally GAA Buster A3 525.

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