Supreme Vinnie heads a field of 16 runners as he bids to win Limerick’s Galway Plate Trial for the second successive year.
Denise O’Shea’s veteran claimed the most recent of his seven career victories in Saturday’s 30,000 euro contest 12 months ago – and while he has not been in the same form so far this year, it would be folly to leave him out of calculations.
Gordon Elliott has a strong hand, with smart mare Mrs Lovett joined by stable companion Ravenhill – who makes his handicap debut under Davy Russell.
Other hopefuls include John Ryan’s stable stalwart Draycott Place, Henry de Bromhead’s Ellie Mac, the Joseph O’Brien-trained Punches Cross and Matthew Smith’s runaway Downpatrick winner Mindsmadeup – the mount of Paul Townend.
The champion jockey has three strong chances on the card – starting off with Kerry Star in the Free Racecourse WiFi At Limerick Mares Maiden Hurdle.
The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old carried the colours of the Peaky Blinders Syndicate to a narrow success in a Clonmel bumper last September and is sure to be well fancied on her first competitive appearance since.
Mullins and Townend also team up in the Twilight Evenings At Limerick Racecourse Novice Chase with Cool Colonnade.
The five-year-old was no great shakes on the Flat or over hurdles, but looks the type to do better over the larger obstacles judged on his successful fencing debut at Clonmel last month.
He may not have things all his own way, however, with De Bromhead’s Or Jaune De Somoza, O’Brien’s Plinth and Jessica Harrington’s The Holy One all worthy opponents.
Andrew McNamara’s Still Alive could be the answer to the Follow Limerick Racecourse On Twitter Handicap Hurdle.
He finished out with the washing on the Flat last time, but would definitely have a chance on his previous run over hurdles – and does have winning form at this venue.
The 12-year-old Shake The Bucket was a winner over fences on his latest visit to Limerick, and aims to make the most of a more lenient rating over flights in the Follow Limerick Racecourse On Facebook (Q.R.) Handicap Hurdle.