Its your money so I can only point you in the right direction!

Richie Rath is a smart young trainer based in Co Wexford and is fairly adept at sending out a long priced winner.

He did so again last weekend at the Limerick when saddling the Ger Corrigan owned Our Ned to win the Mares Beginners Chase at 16/1.

This Bob Back 9 year old had won three point to points during her 3 year career to date and made her chasing debut here to win under Andrew Lynch.

Without a run since April 2013, this was a good training performance with
Rath and his team proving that they can get one ready, so in my view his runners are worth keeping an eye on.

Tom Cummins in Co Waterford has a very useful horse in the shape of the Tajraasi 10 year old Aughnacurraveel. This four time track winner and dual point to point winner win nicely under Mikey O’Connor at Limerick.

Capable of matching it with quality horses on a variety of surfaces he looks like being a contender over the summer months with a particular eye on the festival meetings.

Switching our attention to the flat , the Curragh Cup a Group 3 race saw the Aidan O’Brien 5 year old Ernest Hemingway confirm favouritism. My eyecatcher however finished in fifth place with Shu Lewis running well under Seamie Heffernan.

A bumper winner at Wexford in 2011, the Pyrus 8 year old now mixes it between the flat and all weather for the Blake family.

His two previous track wins when added to his recent black type form give me great hope that he can add to it this season. Not over raced, he just needs to be given the right conditions to win again.

Jim Bolger is tipping away very nicely with a winner or two coming his way on most race days. His wife’s purple and white colours were carried to success this week by Pack The Punch at Roscommon in the bumper. Interestingly of course this horse a 4 year old by Teofilo is trained by Des McDonagh who was a national hero in the 1970’s as the trainer of Monksfield of Cheltenham fame. But Jackie Bolgers colours on Trading Leather were seen running prominently at Sandown in the Eclipse. The decision to keep him in training as a 4 year old will only pay off for last seasons Irish Derby winner if he wins another Group 1 or at least a Group 2.

But Jackie’s husband Jim is a dab hand at placing his horses in just the right place and I reckon he will do so again with this horse.

A slightly lesser light in the shape of Muileata looks capable of picking up a maiden soon for the same yard.Following a nice placed effort at Gowran on the 1st, Bolger lost no time in trying her again this time at Naas last wednesday where she again finished second. With 6 runs this season, and never out of the first 4 she justs needs a little bit of luck!

The same can be said of rookie trainer Shay Barry who has seen his Mozetta placed on all 3 runs to date, most recently at Leopardstown under Niall McCullagh.

A daughter of Azamour, Barry will be chomping at the bit to record his first flat winner and this filly might just do it for him before too long.

As always, the health warning applies but its your money so I can only point you in the right direction !



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