Monday 22 January 2018


On a day when AP McCoy is set to retire from race riding, the man for whom he spent some of his early days working for, Jim Bolger, will seek to follow up his good day at the Curragh last Sunday by claiming the listed Martin Molony Stakes at Limerick this afternoon.

Bolger really kicked off his season at HQ last week by sending out a big priced treble and wearing the famous blue Godolphin colours, Answered is the pick in the feature contest on what is a big day for the Munster track as it will also see a charity race ending the card in which the likes of Arthur Moore, Johnny Murtagh and leading owner Sheikh Fahad will all be in action.

Answered was fourth behind Fascinating Rock in the Derrinstown last season and ended that campaign by winning in listed company and has to give away five-pounds to Ger Lyons' good filly Roheryn which will be a big ask but the son of Authorized is selected to oblige on this occasion.

Another man to make a flying start to the current flat season is Dermot Weld and the Curragh based trainer may take the listed race on tomorrow's Gowran Park card.

Weld has two runners in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes but all the focus will be on Calra Bianca as she goes in search of a a fifth win on the bounce.

The Moyglare owned four-year-old triumphed in Group Three company last August and hasn't been seen since but a entrant in Group One company later in the season, she'd have to be winning tomorrow to justify lining up in such races but she certainly looks to have the credentials and she should be able to hold Euphrasia this time around.

Meanwhile, dedicated racing channel At The Races will be showing today's concluding charity race at Limerick which has attracted a field of 14-runners

The race is being run in aid of the Injured Jockeys Trust and is due off at 6pm with major owner Sheikh Fahad riding his own horse Captain Morley who is trained in England by David Simcock.

Johnny Murtagh will have three runners, riding one himself alongside fellow trainer Arthur Moore and Mary Leonard.

Local trainer Charles Byrnes will give former British champion jockey Kevin Darley a leg up on Royal Ascot winner Domination in a race that comes at a very important time for the charity following recent injuries sustained by Robbie McNamara and Davy Condon.

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