Saturday Inspection At Limerick

Fri 28th Dec 2012, 09:32

There are concerns about the chase course at Fairyhouse
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By Alan Magee
Today's meeting at Limerick goes ahead following an 8am inspection but officials at the venue have already decided to call a precautionary inspection for the meeting there on Saturday.

An 8am inspection will be held tomorrow morning, again at 8am, due to an adverse weather forecast.

Meanwhile officials are concerned about the state of the chase course at Fairyhouse ahead of the New Year's Day meeting.

The chase course will continue to be monitored due to the current unsettled weather. The going at Fairyhouse is currently described as heavy (soft to heavy in places) on the hurdle track and heavy on the chase course.

Battaash v Lady Aurelia

Following his breath-taking four length victory in the 2017 running of the Prix de L’Abbaye, it is difficult to envisage that any horse can beat Battaash over 5 furlongs when in that sort of form. It was a stunning performance where he made Group 1 sprinters look ordinary. A field that included the Nunthorpe Stakes winner Marsha in behind. So can he confirm himself as the top sprinter around or will it be another Royal Ascot success for the American speedster Lady Aurelia when the pair clash next month? Here we look at each horses credentials heading in to one of the most anticipated clashes of the season. You can see the latest betting on Royal Ascot now in which Star Sports currently make Battaash 11/4 favourite ahead of 3/1 Lady Aurelia to win the King Stand Stakes on 19th June.

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