Willie Mullins’ magnificent money-spinner, now a 12-year-old, is currently in, arguably, the form of his life. He comes here on the back of a cantering success in a moderate heat at Listowel, impressing with the manner in which he cruised through the contest.
Stable companion Euro Leader is possibly the main danger, but any softening of the surface would be a minus for him.
The selection certainly won’t beat the likes of Rathgar Beau and Slim Pickings in a few weeks, but has plenty going for him right now.
This is a very difficult looking card, but perhaps Drummer First will oblige in the lord Bagenal Inn Beginners ‘Chase, although he didn’t exactly set the world alight when a remote fourth to One Cool Cookie on his debut over fences at Listowel.
At the Curragh tomorrow Eagle Mountain gets a confident vote to land the Group Two Juddmonte Beresford Stakes.
All ground seems to come alike to him and there was plenty to like about the way he stayed on when second to Vital Equine in another Group Two at York last month,
Prior to that Eagle mountain ran the high-class Teofilo to a head at the Curragh. Both races were over seven furlongs and he has been crying out for this mile. Aidan O’Brien and Kieren Fallon team up with Eagle Mountain and can enjoy further success with Theann and Scorpion.
It didn’t go smoothly for Theann, when fifth to Silk Blossom at the Curragh, and she looks the business in the Flame Of Tara Stakes, while English St Leger hero Scorpion can make a winning, but rather belated, start to the campaign in the Rathrbarry Stud’s Barathea Finale Stakes.
Feature event at Limerick tomorrow is the Tote Munster National Handicap ‘Chase and bottom weight Pearly Jack might enjoy a deserved turn.
The eight-year-old was beaten two lengths into second by Bothar Na (gave 7lbs) in the Kerry National at Listowel and has every chance of reversing the placings.
Tony McCoy makes the journey to partner Justified and Dusty Sheehy’s cracking ‘chaser can hardly be opposed in the Sherry Fitzgerald O’Malley ‘Chase.
He put up a brilliant display to beat In Compliance in the Powers’ Gold Cup at Fairyhouse and rounded off off last season when finishing runner-up behind Accordion Etoile at Punchestown.
Travelling right-handed is not ideal for Justified, but he should carry far too many guns for this opposition.
Mounthenry, one of the best novice hurdlers in the country last season, is fancied to get off to a winning start over fences in the Pricewaterhousecoopers’ EBF Beginners ‘Chase.