Our Vinnie should prove a tough nut to crack in testing conditions
RACING: LIMERICK PREVIEWStamina is Our Vinnie’s forte, which is good news in terms of today’s Grade Three Limerick feature.
Just five line up for the Liberty Insurance Novice Hurdle, including Willie Mullins’s Pride of the Parish, who gets 6lb off Our Vinnie in the three-mile race.
On heavy ground, every pound will count, but Our Vinnie should still prove a tough nut to pass on the evidence of his Grade Three win at Cork last time.
The slightly sloppy jumping that cost him a win at Cheltenham before that was still evident at times but Our Vinnie still made all to beat off both Rule The World and Busty Brown in a titanic finish.
Busty Brown subsequently won a Grade Two, and Rule The World has also scored, so the form looks watertight and it will be guts rather than smooth technique that will be at a premium in the conditions this afternoon.
Co Cork trainer Jimmy Mangan will hope Castle Wings can pull of a noteworthy Limerick hat-trick in the Beginners Chase.
The half-brother to Conna Castle won his bumper at the 2010 Christmas festival and followed up with a maiden hurdle success at this festival last yearyear.
Four starts over fences to date suggest Castle Wings is no potential star, but his Listowel second to Twinlight wasn’t a bad effort and his experience could tell against the Mullins newcomer Turban.
The Mullins runner in the first, Dogora, ran twice without showing much in France last April, so the Dermot Weld trained Pacelli Road is preferred to improve on his Gowran jumping debut.
Missie Ella sprang a 25 to 1 surprise when winning at Thurles on Sunday but there looked to be no fluke about it and she has just a 4lb penalty in the handicap hurdle.
Kashline’s last two starts make him an obvious proposition in an ordinary two mile-five maiden hurdle.