Kailasa can build on promising debut to win Limerick maiden

Johnny Murtagh’s filly finished fourth behind Zaynab at the Curragh

Johnny Murtagh
Johnny Murtagh is trainer of Kailasa, who bids to get off the mark at Limerick on Thursday (Brian Lawless/PA)

JOHNNY Murtagh has a few contenders in the maidens at Limerick on Thursday afternoon and Kailasa can step forward from a promising debut effort to claim the fillies’ event over seven furlongs.

The Aga Khan-owned filly ran a nice race first time up when fourth to Zaynab over the same trip at the Curragh last month and that form has worked out well.

Igor Stravinsky, who was narrowly denied that day, went one better at Leopardstown on Sunday while the third horse, Monasterboice, has filled the same position again since at Cork.

Kailasa was a touch keen early on that day and should know more about the game this time.

The standard in the race is set by the 79-rated Katie Bairdie who already has a couple of runs under her belt this season.

Fozzy Stacks’ charge may have found six a bit sharp around Sligo last time having run well over this trip around a bigger track at Cork previously.

Jessica Harrington has her string in flying form and Fleur De Chine is another danger.

The Study Of Man filly was reported to be sore after taking a false step on her return at the Curragh. Her third-placed effort behind Azada last October was a good run and would make her a big threat.

A couple of races later Murtagh saddles Judge Me Not in the mile maiden and he looks like the one to beat.

The Inns Of Court colt showed a nice bit of improvement on his second career start at Gowran when chasing home cosy winner Vestigia on easy ground.

A similar effort now may be enough to get his head in front.

In the opening maiden, over six-and-half furlongs, Marble Angel gets the vote after a good run on her return at Sligo 11 days ago.

The Harry Angel filly led before the straight then before getting edged out close home when third to Sakakawea in a tight finish.

With that run under her belt, and stepping up around a furlong in trip now, she looks to have found a nice opportunity to get her head in front.

The well-bred Sara Valentina is a potential improver in the field. Her dam was a multiple stakes winner while her half-sister was Listed place.

She didn’t show that level when weakening to finish ninth on her debut at Leopardstown last October but could be capable of better now.