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Saturday 16 December 2017

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Seamie Heffernan winning on Jer’s Girl yesterday at Roscommon
Seamie Heffernan winning on Jer’s Girl yesterday at Roscommon

Tipperary will host their flagship meeting on Sunday with a Group Three on the Flat and three Grade Threes over jumps but prior to that the track will stage an all-Flat card this afternoon.

Jockey Seamie Heffernan described his ride on Grade One winner Jer's Girl yesterday as "a steering job" after the classy mare won the 1m3f maiden at Roscommon and Heffernan can bag a couple of maiden races at Tipperary today.

Teaming up with his boss, Aidan O'Brien, Heffernan rides Saracen Knight in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden over an extended seven furlongs and he can come out best in what is likely to be tough going for the juveniles.

Saracen Knight was third behind Sunday's Beresford Stakes winner Saxon Warrior on debut and the son of Irish Deby winner Camelot should be able to handle the ground better than his stable companion, Spanish Point, who has a tongue-tie fitted for the first time.

Heffernan and O'Brien can double up later on the card with Longing getting the nod in the fillies maiden for three-year-olds.

Longing has been off the track a while now, making her debut back in April and unseen since, but it was a promising effort at Leopardstown and she can be expected to build on that to take the beating here.

Shane Foley has been enjoying a good run of form lately despite parting ways with his long-time boss, Michael Halford, and Foley looks to have a good ride in the Buy Tickets Online @ TipperaryRaces.ie Handicap aboard Compass Hill for Joe Murphy.

Compass Hill returned after just short of two years off the track when finishing third at Roscommon last month and the Cork maiden winner may just have a bit too much class for his rivals, despite having top weight to contend with here.

The battle between Colin Keane and Pat Smullen is going to add some intrigue to every Irish Flat meeting between now and the end of the season and Keane might just have the upperhand leaving Limerick Junction today.

Piper Bomb looks to be Keane's best chance when lining up in the Nursery.

Her run when second behind Ballot Box here in similar conditions would have to leave her with every chance.

Miss Florence is a hopeful selection in the Like Tipperary Races On Facebook Handicap. The three-year-old has a light weight and that can be important in these conditions.

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