Automatic struggled badly last October and hasn’t been out since, but should be in better condition to compete today. His three other runs last term saw him earn a mark of 104, which is a more accurate representation. Expect a strong challenge from Gondor, but Automatic should still come out on top.
Say It Aint So is in good hands with Rachael Blackmore and came fourth here just last month, but is in prime shape to do even better today. Only 5yo and has scored a runner-up since, could take advantage of the rest of the field and go three better than his last outing to take the win.
John Patrick Ryan’s stable seems to be hitting form at the perfect time, and Mystery Stowaway looks set to continue that form today. The 6yo has back-to-back second-place finishes, including last month’s Limerick meeting. Good going will suit her and she’s back in trip.
Absolutely thriving at the moment, Lord Lariat can complete a hat-trick today after stunning rides at Tipperary. His form is impeccable, having built on a seventh-place finish at Leopardstown. He’ll face some stiff competition though, as Demi Pile and Internal Transfer are both fancied off the hurdles mark.
Oscar Montel is a local runner at Limerick, and is the fancied horse for the 18:45. The ground will suit him today, and his form last season could be the key. The 6yo beat Royal Thief and Sempo last season and will be fancied today, though The Echo Boy and City Limits will also be competitive.
Gunfire Reef is coming off the back of an impressive win at Tipperary on Sunday, and will potentially suit today’s race even better. It’s a quick turnaround for him, but the chaser will enjoy the good going. His chase mark is up to 115 after Sunday’s win, and he’s in fine fettle. Galaxy Girl and Long Island Jenn might both challenge.
The Trigger, 11yo, is in brilliant form and has clocked back-to-back wins. He secured first-place finishes at Tipperary and Kilbeggan over the space of 17 days, and is in great condition post-lockdown. Will carry a mandatory 5lb penalty today. James Boru will provide tough competition, having won last time out at Downpatrick.
Dystart Diamond will suit the terrain today, having put in good runs at Punchestown and Thurles before lockdown. The 5yo had some good runs on easy ground last season, and will go well this evening. Had two consecutive third-place finishes at the start of the year, but will be challenged by Erins Benefit, who seems a winnable jumper.
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