The 70 lots include four tickets to next May’s sold-out One Direction concert in Croke Park, a trip for four to meet Frankel next Friday before going racing at Ascot’s Champions Day on Saturday, a lifetime use of plain grey colours and yard visits to Aidan O’Brien and Willie Mullins. There is also a wide selection of 2014 stallion nominations.
Other sports have answered the call with signed jerseys, footballs and hurleys from this year’s All-Ireland hurling final and Heineken Cup rugby tickets.
There will be two separate auctions – a silent auction of 40 items and a ‘Top Lot’ auction. Bids for the silent auction will be taken throughout racing today in the silent auction marquee located beside the Parade Ring.
Goffs Director of Sales Nick Nugent will conduct the ‘Top Lot’ auction of unique and high-value items immediately after racing in the Greenmount Suite.
Anybody who is unable to attend but wishes make a bid on any of the top lots can send advance bids to Nick Nugent at firstname.lastname@example.org before 2pm today.
All proceeds raised from the auction will be donated to the Jockeys Emergency Fund in support of John Thomas McNamara and Jonjo Bright, two jockeys paralysed following falls in March of this year. The full list of all auction items is available on www.limerickcharityraceday.ie
On the racing side, punters can begin their day by supporting Willie Mullins’ Devils Bride in the opening Rite Of Passage Britain V Ireland Riders’ Challenge Maiden Hurdle.
It will be the six-year-olds first venture over jumps, but this smart sort will surely have been well schooled. The selection made his debut at Roscommon in June and, despite being easy enough in the market, scored by 12 lengths.
He was then an odds-on shot next time at Tipperary and strolled to a seven lengths success. Devils Bride failed, however, to land his third bumper when the steadier of 12-3 found him out close home and he faded to finish a close fourth behind Merrion Row at Galway. He can now get back on the winning trail, with Richard Johnson in the plate.
Mahrajaan might provide the answer to the Betfair Cash Out Flat And National Hunt Champion Jockeys’ Handicap.
Fifth over flights at Tipperary last time, he’s a bit of a quirky character, but Kieren Fallon is just the man to coax the best out of him.
Jansboy, an easy winner of a maiden at Tipperary six days ago, gets the nod to defy top weight for Tony McCoy in the Paddy Power Supporting JT And Jonjo Britain V Ireland Riders’ Challenge Handicap Hurdle.
Nick Scholfield can guide Mrs Mac Veale to victory in the ITBA And AOIR Britain V Ireland Riders’ Challenge Mares’ Handicap Hurdle. She was beaten into second by Lapse Of Reason at Navan last Saturday and might have won, but being very slow over the final flight.