Limini holds strong claims of adding to her impressive strike-rate in the Advent Insurance Irish EBF Mares Hurdle at Leopardstown.
Willie Mullins’ seven-year-old has been busy on the Flat this summer, winning a valuable pot at Leopardstown before running in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket and the Irish November Handicap – but she finished down the field in both.
She showed the spark was still there last time out, however, when third in the Hatton’s Grace to Apple’s Jade – albeit at a respectable distance – and on Saturday she meets her most serious rivals on favourable terms at the weights as she looks for a ninth career win.
Mullins also runs Good Thyne Tara, a standing dish in mares graded races.
“We hopefully know what we’re going to get from Good Thyne Tara,” said assistant trainer Patrick Mullins.
“With a bit of luck, she’ll pick up more black type and some prize money.
“This looks a good opportunity for Limini. She ran well in the Hatton’s Grace, and she’s getting weight off Good Thyne Tara and Forge Meadow.
“She won at Leopardstown on the Flat in the summer, so she handles the track.”
Mullins has another mare in the race, the French import Elimay for JP McManus.
“Elimay arrived in the summer and she’s tricky to place, because she’s not a novice. This race will tell us a lot more about where we can go with her. She’s not very big, but she goes nicely at home,” said Mullins.
Jessica Harrington runs two, Forge Meadow and Low Sun – who used to be trained by Mullins.
Countess Cathleen, Kingston Girl and Shimmer’s Rock complete the field for the Grade Three.