Limerick

  • 17:20 Follow Limerick Racecourse On Twitter Handicap 1m 3f 70y

  • Winner €5,866 2nd €1,360 3rd €595 4th €340
  • Going: Yielding to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 36.21s
  • Off time: 17:20:30
17:20 Limerick Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hellenistic (USA) 9/2
2nd Punch Bag (IRE) 16/1
3rd Gold Necklace (IRE) 7/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (7) 846-4 GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap Alafzara (IRE) 14
3 9-12 J M Oxx D P McDonogh 66 7/24.50
2 (10) 3633 Black & yellow chevrons, quartered cap Hellenistic (USA) 10
3 9-12 D K Weld P J Smullen 66 9/25.50
3 (2) 5-6523 MAROON, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star Mystic Princess (IRE) 16
3 9-12 P D Deegan C D Hayes 66 5/16.00
4 (4) 06763- PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Gold Necklace (IRE) 225
3 9-11 p D Wachman W M Lordan 65 7/18.00
5 (3) 7754- MADONNA BLUE, brown cross belts, blue cap Good Strike (USA) 182
3 9-11 b1 D Wachman W J Lee 65 11/112.00
6 (1) 607- Dark blue, royal blue epaulettes, royal blue stars on cap Wafer Ice (IRE) 247
3 9-5 J P Murtagh F Lynch 59 16/117.00
7 (5) 60-5375 PINK & EMERALD GREEN QUARTERED, check sleeves & cap Tom Dooley (IRE) 10
Beaten Favourite
3 9-4 Michael Mulvany G F Carroll 58 10/111.00
8 (6) 7607-4 Royal blue & red chevrons, red & white striped sleeves, red & white quartered cap Shiftin Bobbins 24
3 9-3 J P Murtagh N G McCullagh 57 7/18.00
9 (11) 6-84 DARK BLUE, white stars, red sleeves, white stars, white cap, dark blue stars Dixie Highway (IRE) 36
3 9-1 P J Flynn D M Grant 55 14/115.00
10 (8) 0088- WHITE, purple panel, check cap Punch Bag (IRE) 185
3 9-1 B W Duke K J Manning 55 16/117.00
11 (9) 7956-75 MAROON, light blue seams, quartered cap Prince Art (IRE) 36
3 8-13 b1 D Murphy L F Roche (3) 53 20/121.00

Verdict

This is a low grade handicap but many of the entries have been threatening to win including Mystic Princess, who has been running well enough in testing ground that may not have suited. Alafzara reappeared at Navan a fortnight ago and ran well enough behind Urban Moon to be considered while Hellenistic has been making progress on Polytrack and was involved in a three-way photo at Dundalk last time. GOLD NECKLACE is the one with scope here and can make a winning reappearance. She made slow but steady progress in her first season and, as she's by Galileo, should be much better suited to this trip. Dermot Murphy tries the maiden Prince Art in blinkers and over a longer trip and he couldn't get any lower in the weights.