Beef Or Salmon up to the task in Munster National

BEEF OR SALMON can take the first step towards possible Cheltenham Gold Cup glory by defying top weight in the Anglo Irish Bank Munster National at Limerick tomorrow.

Michael Hourigan must be particularly happy with the current well-being of his stable star, because this is a big ask on the eight-year-old’s seasonal debut.

The selection has to concede lumps of weight to a couple of very useful rivals, but if stripping in the same form as at Punchestown in April can do just that.

Beef Or Salmon was quite brilliant then, quickening like a top class horse in the closing stages to beat Harbour Pilot and First Gold with any amount in hand.

Noel Meade’s progressive Laurel View gets the nap to take the Newenham Mulligan Novice Hurdle.

He followed a slightly unlucky second to The Posh Paddy at Galway by making no mistake in a moderate enough event at Ballinrobe in August. He did his job well, however, and is fancied to outstay The Screamer.

Well Presented can make a winning debut over fences in the Locke Bar Beginners Chase. He more than paid his way over flights, but was only marking time and this was always going to be his game.

At the Curragh tomorrow the somewhat frustrating Indesatchel should be hard to beat in the Group Two Juddmonte Beresford Stakes.

He’s had a busy campaign, but is holding his form well and, arguably, produced a career best at the Curragh on his latest appearance

The son of Danehill Dancer was beaten a length by Ad Valorem and that now looks a very smart effort with Ad Valorem going on to land the Group One Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. Stepping up to a mile for the first time and cut in the ground are plus factors for Indesatchel.

Solerina, unbeaten in two races on the level, can make it a hat-trick of successes in the Hacketts’ Bookmakers Irish Cesarerwitch.

She warmed up for this with an easy victory over flights at Tipperary last Sunday and is virtually certain to ask serious questions of her rivals from a long way out.

Two Miles West, who found a mile and six against older horses all too much when sixth to Vinnie Roe in the Irish Leger, is the choice in the Rathbarry Stud’s Barathea Finale Stakes.

At Punchestown this afternoon in-form Barrack Buster should hold all the aces in the Peggy Barry-Walsh Memorial Hurdle.

A Kilbeggan specialist, Martin Brassil’s mare showed a real liking for this track as well when slamming odds-on Star Horse to the tune of 25 lengths.

Triple bumper winner Blazing Liss makes her debut over jumps in the Panoramic Restaurant Mares Novice Hurdle.

John Kiely’s charge rounded off last season when finishing runner-up to Geili Sli at the Punchestown Festival, on ground plenty quick enough for her.

Blazing Liss gets the nod to cope with another smart sort in Mrs Wallensky, three parts of a length second to Geili Sli at Fairyhouse in April.

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