Beach bids to bow out on high
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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