Sat/Sun Irish Racing Preview

Horse 6 Venue: TRAMORE The popular seaside venue of Tramore plays host to a weekend of jumps racing action, beginning on Saturday with a seven-race card that kicks off at 2.25pm. Kilkenny trainer Eoin Doyle has a terrific record at Tramore, boasting a 21 per cent strike-rate in the last five seasons and a €47.85 level stakes profit for €1, and he has four runners on the card. The best of those looks to be Lurcher in the opening two-mile maiden hurdle (2.25pm). He was recently bought out of the James Fanshawe yard after winning a Lingfield bumper in impressive fashion. Rodger and Colman Sweeney have enjoyed superb success with Salsify in recent years and they team up with the hat-trick seeking Fiery Oscar in the Like Tramore Racecourse On Facebook Handicap Chase (4.35pm). There’s a cracking card at Leopardstown on Sunday where there will be classic clues on offer all afternoon, most notably in the Group 3 PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes where Investec Derby hopeful Battle Of Marengo will be fancied by plenty to continue winning ways. Battle Of Marengo is no bigger than 14-1 for that Epsom showpiece and he should register his fourth success on the trot although Jim Bolgers two representatives, Alpinist and Beyond Thankful, won’t make life easy for him. The Group 3 Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial (3.40pm) has attracted a quality field of nine which includes the John Oxx-trained What Style who was impressive on her only presvious start when winning a maiden at the venue last year. There has been plenty of chat about The United States in recent weeks and Aidan O’Brien’s unbeaten colt goes in the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial where he clashes with the Jim Bolger-trained Move To Strike who caught plenty of eyes last season. Aidan and Joseph O’Brien should also be followed in the Listed Heritage Stakes (3.05pm) where they team up with Declaration Of War. The action begins at Leopardstown at 2.05pm and the going is yielding, good in places. Tramore stages the second of two days jumps racing on Sunday where the highlight of the afternoon is the €16,500 Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase (5.05pm). That contest is due off at 5.05pm and the Arthur Moore-trained High Desert is likely to be sent off favourite after running well when second in a competitive Wexford contest on his most recent start. Sweet My Lord disappointed at Cheltenham last time but, as a previous course winner, he should prove hard to beat in the Tramore Racecourse Members Chase (4.35pm) for champion trainer Willie Mullins.