Betfair Ambassador has runners in action at Limerick today. Here he provides detailed insights into their form and prospects.
"Gordon's best chance for Sunday: Goodthynemilan will love the testing conditions at Limerick."
Lackaneen Leader will relish big task
Lackaneen Leader has been in fantastic form of late with two back to back hurdle wins in February. Being a Point to Point winner the step up in trip will suit. She won her Point very impressively in testing conditions so, despite this being a big ask for her entering Grade 3 company, I would be very hopeful of her representing us well under Davy Russell who gets a great tune out of here.
Things are looking up for Caltex
Caltex was just headed at Thurles earlier this month by The Conditional. I am very happy with both his runs this season, he's had a few problems and hasn't been the easiest to train, so I'm delighted things seem to be looking up for him. All signs point to another good run today and despite top weight I would be hopeful he could go close.
Kayf Thou ran a very poor race finishing last of six miles behind Caltex on his yard debut. To be fair to him,
he was a long time off the track. He finished third in a Point to Point before joining us, so there is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel. But he will need to drastically improve on that Thurles run to be a factor here.
Four from five for Goodthynemila and Davy Russell?
Goodthynemilan is in great form this season with three of her four races for us won. She is a lovely honest sort who does everything asked of her and whose homework is always pleasing. She loves a bit of heavy ground and will enjoy the trip here, so I would be hopeful she could make that four from five with Davy Russell retaining the ride.
Everything looks ideal for this great little mare
Dinaria Des Obeaux is a great little mare who ran really well in a Listed contest at Naas last month on heavy ground. Prior to that, she was the 8L winner of a Grade 2 at Thurles ahead of Youcantcallherthat and Kate Appleby Shoes, both of whom she meets again here today. Everything here looks ideal for the five-year-old and I would be very hopeful of her registering another Graded success.
Veinard to go close again
Veinard ran very well on his chase debut at Fairyhouse last month, finishing second to the Willie Mullins trained favourite Cadmium. The change of obstacles seemed to suit our lad who, although running well enough in decent hurdles, was just falling short when push came to shove. If he can replicate his last run I would be very hopeful he could again go close.
* Today's meeting at Navan has been cancelled due to the snow *
Crezic can go close
Crezic has come on leaps and bounds and matured a huge amount since joining us. He is a bit of a rogue and can be a handful at times! I was delighted with his latest start at Naas last month and, based on that run, he should go close here in a race that looks ideal, if he can continue to keep his behaviour in check. The Willie Mullins trained Antey is his main danger.
Two on the bounce?
Pat's Oscar won very well at Fairyhouse on her latest appearance ahead of favourite Bee A Beneficiary. She's a real mud lark and ploughed through the ground to come home an 11L winner. All three of her wins have come on very testing ground so she will love conditions here today and goes with a very good chance of making it two on the bounce.
Expect a decent run from Cartwright
Cartwright has got on really well since joining us from the flat. He was impressive on his second start for us at Naas, powering away from the field on heavy ground to romp home by 16L. His latest start was again very pleasing, he finished just 3.5L behind stablemate Hardline, a horse I hold in high regard in a Grade 2, so dropping back in class here today I am expecting a decent run.
Roaring to victory?
Roaring Bull took a nasty fall at Thurles last time out but thankfully came out of it unscathed, he's a nice big horse who doesn't set the world alight at home but has been performing well on the track when it counts. He has been doing plenty of schooling at home and the fall doesn't seem to have affected him so I expect him to show a very good account of himself.
This race is just what the Doctor ordered
Doctor Phoenix has been a dream for owners the Nick Bradley Racing Club, costing them just ten thousand he's won a Grade 3 and Grade A back to back since the start of the year. He is in the form of his life and heads here in rude health for a race that is ideal. I expect a big run from him here and he has the upper hand on stablemate Tell Us More who finished well behind him last time out but Grade 1 winner Great Field would have to be feared.
A return to glory days?
Tell Us More, although much improved behind Doctor Phoenix last time out, is a horse that has lost his way since his glory days. The Grade 3 winner has not been seen in the winners enclosure since late 2016, but two of his four wins came on heavy ground, so along with a small field I'd love to see a revival of form.
Tombstone to put up a fight?
Tombstone was last seen in Grade 1 company at Leopardstown finishing 7L behind Monalee who of course came home second in the RSA this week. Dropping back down to 2m here today, and with just three runners, it's between himself and Grade 1 winner Saturnas to battle it out. I would like to think Tombstone will put up a good fight and I would be hopeful his experience may just win this for him.
Sutton Manor could finish among the places
Sutton Manor fell in the Leinster National last weekend but thankfully returned home unscathed. He retains the cheekpieces today which I think will be a huge help for him. He has plenty of weight here but I think he has every chance of running into the placings here and I don't think he will be a million miles away. Keith Donoghue is booked to ride. He's ridden him before and got on well with him.
Woods Well could go close
Woods Well is a lovely big horse who has been running well this season. He ran a blinder in the Thyestes but just found things too tough at Punchestown last month. Stablemate Sutton Manor on form would have the upper hand on him in this, but I really like this horse and I wouldn't be surprised to see him finish close.
Pull you socks up, Timiyan
Timiyan has been extremely disappointing this season, he has won on heavy ground ,so we can't use that as an excuse and he does have some decent form to his name. He just really needs to pull his socks up and get back to his best. This is his handicap debut over fences today and I really do hope to see an improved performance.
A winning comeback
Sunsetstorise has his first start for us after a year off the track. He signed off last season with a win over course and distance on heavy ground, so this looks an ideal contest for him to make his reappearance. Like a lot of ours, they come on for their first run, but I see no reason as to why he can't go close today.
High hopes for Monition
Monition improved a good bit from his debut to finish third on his last start at the end of January. He's a full brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Champagne Fever and we've got high hopes for this horses future. He's a sort who will come on huge amounts for some time and I think we'll see much more from him after a summers grass, but he's pleasing at home and goes here with a nice chance under Lisa O'Neill claiming 3lb.
Gordon's best chances for Sunday: Goodthynemilan will love the testing conditions.