Form and fitness point to a Postulation success

Postulation, a course and distance winner last August, should be tough to beat in the four-runner Irish Stallion Farms Race in Killarney tonight.

The Dermot Weld-trained gelding was helped by a visor when scoring at Dundalk last time, when he held The Happy Prince in a similar conditions event. Although apparently suited by the fast surface in Dundalk, Postulation has solid form in heavy ground, notably his length second to Success Days on his seasonal debut in Cork.

Success Days has, of course, gone on to win two Group 3 Derby trials at Leopardstown to put himself firmly in the classic picture.

Rated 6lb. below Ger Lyons’ Bertie Le Belge, Postulation has a bit to find on figures. But his recent form and proven fitness earn him the vote.

In the earlier maidens, Hobart, which looked a bit of a handful on his seasonal bow in Limerick, when a close third to Wardell, should be helped by cheekpieces in the opening contest.

Jessica Harrington’s Out Of Context, an eye-catching third to Corail on her debut in Limerick, gets the nod in the competitive-looking fillies race.

Meanwhile, Vedettariat, denied an opportunity by the cancellation of Ballinrobelast week, should make a winning start over fences in the Limerick racecourse On Twitter Beginners Chase at the additional meeting in Limerick.

Successful over hurdles at Clonmel and Navan, he was last seen when finishing ninth, off a mark of 134, to Jimmy Two Times in a handicap hurdle at Fairyhosue over Easter.

Sure to be well-schooled, he looks the stand-out bet in Limerick where Colm Murphy’s Catalaunian Fields should be tough to beat in the opener, if reproducing his second to Arbre De Vie at Fairyhouse back in December.


SECOND Captains is one of the long-running success stories in Irish podcasting. Ostensibly a sports show led by Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early, and Ciarán Murphy, the former Off The Ball team from Newstalk launched the podcast in mid-2013. two Monday shows are offered for free, with Tuesday-Friday behind a Patreon subscriber model and dubbed ‘The World Service’. It has more than 11,500 subscribers.Podcast Corner: First-class podcasts from Second Captains

The incredible life of Ireland’s first celebrity chef has been turned into a play, writes Colette SheridanHow Maura Laverty cooked up a storm

Their paths first crossed on the top floor of the library at University College Cork in October 2010 when both were students there so Amy Coleman and Steven Robinson were delighted to retrace their footsteps on their big day.Wedding of the Week: College sweethearts open new chapter

Peter Dowdall reveals why all roads will lead to Tullow in County Carlow on February 1Snowdrop patrol: Why all roads will lead to County Carlow

More From The Irish Examiner