It really has been a bad week for punters, badly in need of a decent fix, and this jamboree on the beach will do little to satisfy their needs.
The nap vote falls on Ted Dolly in the last, the seven furlongs Ballygarth Handicap for amateur riders.
The booking by Joanna Morgan of 3lbs claimer, Michael Fogarty, is a plus and the admirably consistent seven-year-old should go close. He is already a winner twice this season and was far from disgraced in the very competitive Irish Cambridgeshire at the Curragh last time.
Ted Dolly could only manage tenth of 21 behind Castle Bar Sling, but wasn’t beaten that far and this is a significantly easier test.
Ken Condon has enjoyed a great season and Curl Cat can prove another for him in the Hibernia Steel Race.
He produced a gritty display to score over ten furlongs at Clonmel a week ago and dropping down three furlongs in trip now is an obvious concern.
But Curl Cat has performed well enough over shorter distances in the past and, unlike a number of his rivals, is in good form at the moment.
David Marnane’s rather frustrating Some Slam gets the vote in the Gilna’s Cottage Inn Maiden. He often has a problem getting away on terms from starting stalls and a flag start here can only work in his favour.
Michael Mulvany’s One Of Three is the choice in the opening Balmarino Handicap. Successful on two occasion this campaign, both times at Limerick, she continues in good heart, on the evidence of her second of 26 to Eur Elusive at the Curragh last month.