Beach bids to bow out on high

Danny Mullins riding Airlie Beach clear the last to win the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse

Grade One-winning hurdler Airlie Beach will attempt to end her career on a high in the Seanie Colfer Construction (Ladies) Maiden at Tramore.

Willie Mullins' mare won the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle in December and was last seen finishing a fine third in the Galway Hurdle just a fortnight ago.

Overall she has won seven of her 12 starts, but as she is in foal to Mount Nelson, time is running out for her to gain a first win on the level.

She finished a close up third on her Flat debut at Killarney when tuning up for Galway and appears the one to beat on Thursday, with Kate Harrington taking the ride.

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"It will more than likely be her last run, but I couldn't say definitely," said Steve Massey of owners the Supreme Horse Racing Club.

"They get 120 days once they are scanned in foal and she has up until mid-September. We'd just love to get a Flat win out of her and then call it a day.

"This looks a great opportunity. She was a bumper winner and in everything but name this looks like a bumper.

"She's in great order, was obviously third in the Galway Hurdle and is now rated 144.

"She's in foal to Mount Nelson and he's an up-and-coming National Hunt sire.

"She's going to the Tattersalls Sale for mares-in-foal in November and she's been fantastic for us.

"As our first Grade One winner she'll always have a special place in our hearts and she only cost about 20,000 euro."

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