Limini bidding to go one better after comeback second on Monday night
Guinness Premier Handicap | 3yo+ | 1m4f | ATR
Gunned down by stablemate Uradel in the Connacht Hotel Amateur Handicap on Monday, Limini will be back in action at Ballybrit on Friday night as part of a four-strong Willie Mullins challenge for this €100,000 handicap.
Monday's race was Limini's first since the 2017 Cheltenham Festival and she is 11lb well in having been reassessed since her run earlier in the week.
Kevin Manning, who is yet to ride at winner at Ballybrit this week, rides the seven-year-old.
Mullins, who has sent out four winners of this event, the latest being Whiskey Sour a year ago, is also represented by Gustavus Vassa, Nessun Dorma and Law Girl.
Bill is back
Curley Bill, who won this race five years ago, represents Noel Meade. The ten-year-old has raced only eight times since that victory due to leg problems but has won this season and is the mount of Shane Foley, who will be seeking his first win in the race.
Apart from Curley Bill, Remarkable Lady and Tudor City are the only course winners in the 14-runner line-up.
Martin's good record
Tony Martin, who has sent out two of the last four winners of the race – Artful Artist in 2014 and Golden Spear in 2016 – runs Tudor City, who finished three places behind Limini in the Connacht Hotel Amateur Handicap on Monday night.
It's been a long time
It is 25 years since Dermot Weld last landed this prize with Garboni and he is represented by the Moyglare Stud-owned four-year-old Espoir d'Soleil, who is visored for the first time.
It is also a long time since Aidan O'Brien, trainer of James Cook, won the race with Theatreworld, who scored in 1998 and 1999.
A first for Lyons?
The David Spratt-owned pair Mawaany and Song Of Namibia will be attempting to give trainer Ger Lyons a first win in the race.
What they say
Willie Mullins, trainer of Gustavus Vassa, Limini, Nessun Dorma and Law Girl
Limini pulled out well after her good run on Monday night. She's effectively 11lb well in compared to her new mark so we felt we almost had to run her in this race. Gustavus Vassa has lost narrowly on his two runs this season and Galway might suit him better than the Curragh. The ground should be okay for him. Nessun Dorma won nicely at Ballinrobe and is running in his first handicap. I'm not sure about his mark and we'll have to see how he handles the track but it's a big pot and we decided to let him take his chance. Law Girl is in terrific form but I'd like to see the ground dry out for her.
Gavin Cromwell, trainer of Princess Yaiza
She's back in handicap company after being placed in a few Listed races. The trip shouldn't be a problem and she should enjoy the ease in the ground. She's a three-year-old taking on older horses.
Aidan O'Brien, trainer of James Cook
He seems in good form. Soft ground probably isn't ideal but he did win his maiden on it last year.
Dermot Weld, trainer of Espoir d'Soleil
She's very well and we think the ease in the ground will suit her after three runs on quick ground.
Emmet Mullins, trainer of Tornado Watch
He's been in great form all summer and we think he'll appreciate the soft ground.
Tony Martin, trainer of Tudor City
He ran well in the big amateur handicap on Monday and came out of the race fresh and well. We think we're doing the right thing by running him again.
Noel Meade, trainer of Curley Bill
It's hard to believe it's five years since he won this race. He was off for over two years with leg trouble but has come back very well and is tremendous form. We're hoping the easy ground will help him.
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