Limerick

  • 18:40 Festival Of Speed Maiden1m 3f 70y

  • Winner €5,520 2nd €1,280 3rd €560 4th €320
  • Going: Soft, Yielding to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 54.22s
  • Off time: 18:44:24
18:40 Limerick Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Marchese Marconi (IRE) 2/7
2nd Prima Vista 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2 (8) 49038- Orange, black disc, white & black quartered cap Castletimon (IRE) 207
7 9-7 K J Condon S Foley 8/19.00
3 (1) 3-2 ORANGE, royal blue hoop & armlet, check cap Marchese Marconi (IRE) 8
Beaten Favourite
4 9-7 p1 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 2/71.29
4 (4) White & black check, black seams on sleeves, black cap, white diamond Miracle Touch (IRE)
6 9-7 J M Barrett R P Whelan (3) 16/117.00
5 (3) f4-2656 White & black halved, sleeves reversed, black cap Prima Vista 10
8 9-7 N Meade E J McNamara 7/24.50
6 (7) 00 Maroon, light blue chevron & sleeves, light blue & maroon quartered cap Stimulus Package (IRE) 27
5 9-7 V T O'Brien L F Roche (3) 33/134.00
7 (5) LIGHT BLUE, dark blue seams, striped cap Vim (IRE)
4 9-7 S P Hennessy W J Lee 20/121.00
8 (2) 00- WHITE, orange hoop, orange cap with white hoop Knockdoha (IRE) 266
8 9-2 A Walker C R King (10) 50/151.00
Non runners
1 (6)0/Battle For Glory (IRE)59-7P TallisJ A Heffernan

Verdict

This should prove a formality for MARCHESE MARCONI, though the same could have been said of his reappearance at Dundalk when beaten ot odds of 1/5. The stoutly-bred son of Galileo looked very one-paced that night and couldn't get past Fairview Star but this surface should bring out the best in him and entries in several Group races suggest he's expected to do much better. It's difficult to find a danger apart from the jumper Prima Vista, a winning bumper and three times successful over hurdles. He's been racing in top company over hurdles and fences all winter and looks the only feasible threat. Castletimon has shown a glimmer of potential in bumpers and looks best of the remainder.