Punters Eye: Three horses to back at Limerick Racecourse this weekend

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly



Punters Eye: Three horses to back at Limerick Racecourse this weekend

The Punter's Eye Horse Racing Tips

LIMERICK Racecourse welcomes the country's top trainers this weekend and there are a number of horses worth backing on the expected heavy ground. 

First up is the consistent Great Khan for Edward O'Grady in the 2.20pm on Saturday.

This horse is the model of consistency having finished in the front three in each of his last five races, getting his head in front on one of those occasions. He's only finished outside the front three in one of his last ten starts, spanning right back to this time last year.

He lost nothing in defeat on his most recent run, finishing third behind Grand Partner and Chesterfield King at Leopardstown. He picked up a win prior to that on heavy ground at Clonmel, so he's sure to handle that ground again at Limerick on Saturday, giving him a huge chance. 

Willie Mullins and True Self can get the better of leading trainer Gordon Elliot who saddles Synopsis in the 2.55pm race on Saturday's card.

A number of this field are consistent without being spectacular but True Self showed enough in defeat last time to suggest she's improving. She was 25 lengths behind hotpot stable companion Laurina, a horse that went on to win at Cheltenham and Fairyhouse in emphatic fashion.

True Self was no match for the winner that day but she held off the re-opposing Minnies Secret by over three lengths. With subsequent winner Alletrix second on that occasion, the race looks to represent good form. True Self handles heavy ground and should be there or thereabouts coming over the last flight at Limerick. 

Pylonthepressure showed enough resilience in the National Hunt Challenge Cup at Cheltenham to suggest he's up to winning a race like the 4.05pm. He made a serious blunder under Katie Walsh that day but recovered well and was staying on again at the end to finish 5th.

That was over even further so Saturday's three-mile trip will be no problem, even on heavy ground. He went to Cheltenham on the back of a good win over Balbir Du Mathan at Thurles, also on soft to heavy ground. That rival won impressively by nine lengths against Sir Bob at Limerick since, giving a huge franking to that February form.

Willie Mullins will probably have multiple entries in this race come Saturday, but Pylonthepressure may just be the one to side with.  

Having mentioned Balbir Du Mathan, he's entered in the very next race at 4.40pm on Saturday and will be hard to beat given his course form.