In a wide-open final to the Pat Hennerty Sales Cork Oaks at Curraheen Park, Leezie Lindsay can come through late to snatch victory for Francie Murray and owner Howard Wallace.
The bitch missed the kick in the semi-finals but ran on powerfully to be beaten little more than a length and a half in third place behind Lurriga Gold, with Rastafari Chic separating them. Winner of a 575 stake here in December, if the selection can break a little better this time, she can use her proven stamina to pick up the pacesetters.
The danger may come from Lurriga Gold, who has a good draw on the outside and may be able to sneak around in front, as she did last weekend.
The semi-finals of the Con and Annie Kirby Memorial feature at Limerick, and Droopys Roddick can make the most of an ideal draw against the rails in the second of them.
The Pat Buckley-trained youngster ran out a comfortable winner from the same box last weekend, and can be expected to hold his line early once more. If he does that, it’ll take a huge effort to deny him victory. The danger may come from the promising Ela Alecko.
The first semi-final looks much trickier, with potential for trouble along the inside. Witches Belle has been brilliant throughout, but would be better suited to a middle draw than the inside box she must race from here. She has the power and pace to qualify, but needs to avoid an early clash.
Preference is for Clares Rocket, who doesn’t look to have much in hand on his early sectionals here, but an equivalent to the 1.90 he produced at Shelbourne Park would see him around in front. If he can take a length out of his rivals on the run-up, he’ll take catching. Eightythreelarch can claim a qualifying spot from his favourable draw.
In the final of the Barringtons Hospital Treaty Cup track record holder Quietly can complete his unbeaten run through the stake. Trained by Ian Reilly, he broke the Limerick record last week, having broken the Curraheen clock in the first round and in the final of Supersprint, doing so in the decider from trap one.
Despite moving middle from the inside box in Cork, he was ultra-impressive, and a similar performance can be expected from the red jacket tonight. He looks to have the measure of his rivals, and can land the odds, with Toolmaker Scot just preferred to Ballymac Bigmike and Nickys Assassin as the one to chase him home.
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