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Rave N Contagion
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With a chunky weight allowance, the 3yos look the place to focus on in this event. Recent winners Lorado and Ramon Di Loria are respected, but one that could go under the radar somewhat is Rave N Contagion for Michael Mulvany. He was part of a quartet that pulled well clear of the field when third at Sligo in May, eventually finishing third. He had to wait for a gap to open to make his move in the straight, so his effort can be given a minor boost. The pair either side of him were placed next time, so having finished in the frame off a mark of 78, he looks to be one of the best treated in this Rated race. Forgive his last run when he was squeezed out when starting to begin his challenge, and he looks a solid Win and Place proposition.


Cu Roi
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Connections of many of these will be hoping a step up in trip or a switch to handicaps sparks some improvement but in Cu Roi, that appears to have happened already. John Joseph Murphy’s charge travelled widest of them all turning five-deep into the straight on handicap bow at Sligo. The way he picked off his rivals for a fast finishing fourth can somewhat be marked up. The handicapper has left his mark alone on 52, so with a better passage into the race and an extra 2f to pass rivals, he looks the obvious call.


Longbourn
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A tight call, and possibly one for a combination exacta, between Longbourn and Dream Tale who were both run down late in handicaps at Leopardstown last time out. The former just gets the nod with the form of his one length second to Overheer getting a nice boost with that one scoring again under a 6lb penalty next time. The handicapper has only edged up Ross O’Sullivan’s charge 1lb from that performance and with consistent performances on his last four turf outings, he’s expected to go close again.


Offiah
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Ger Lyons and Colin Keane are a fearsome partnership at the best of times but with 47% of their combinations outside of handicaps obliging in the past fortnight, it could be time for Offiah to break his maiden. He made an encouraging return to the track at Cork last month when sticking on well into fourth over an inadequate 7f trip. This fast ground is a new experience for him but his dam was twice a winner on Good to Firm ground so there’s plenty of hope in the breeding. Of those in this race that we’ve seen before there’s not a huge deal to be too frightened of, and with an official rating of 78, Offiah looks the one to beat.


About Limerick Racecourse

Opened in 2001, becoming the first new purpose built racecourse in Ireland for over 50 years, Limerick’s rise has been impressive. The flat and national hunt racing venue is now home to the Grade 1 Greenmount Park Novices Chase on Boxing Day (St Stephen’s Day in Ireland), won in 2019 by Faugheen, as well as five other graded events.

There are plenty of ups and downs around the course, with a stiff climb up the back straight before swinging downhill into the straight and then climbing again for the final furlong.


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