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  • 16:55 Summer Twilight Nights Race1m 4f 110y

  • €13,000 added 4yo+ 3 ran
  • Winner €8,970 2nd €2,080 3rd €910 4th €520
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 3m 12.29s
  • Off time: 16:55:41

MIissunited set for big year ahead on the Flat

Last Updated: 09/04/14 4:26pm

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Missunited: Returns to the track on Thursday

Missunited: Returns to the track on Thursday

Missunited is the star turn at Limerick on Thursday when the Mikey Winters-trained mare makes her reappearance in the Summer Twilight Nights Race in a season that could see her take in the Ascot Gold Cup.

The seven-year-old faces just two rivals in the shape of last year's winner El Salvador and recent Gowran Park maiden winner Cosmic Cannonball.

The daughter of Golan, home-bred by Dan and Vanessa Hutch, proved a real money-spinner last year winning the Guinness Galway Hurdle and returning to Galway the following month to land the Listed Ardilaun Hotel Oyster Stakes on the Flat.

Seamie Heffernan will again be on board, and Winters reports her in great form.

He said: "Seamie rode her after racing at Clonmel last week and he was happy with her.

"He said she got a bit tired up the straight, but she's in good order.

"We never thought we'd be going back to a mile and a half with her, and it will probably be a game of tactics with just three runners. Two miles and two and a half miles is her trip, really.

"The owners had her at home and have had her riding out for a while. She's come back looking a million dollars.

"She's always improved from her runs and I'm sure she will again. She looks fantastic in her coat and her attitude is very sweet, which is important.

"I wouldn't mind heavy ground as long as it was loose, so some rain would be a help. She wouldn't really like tacky, holding ground."

Looking ahead, Winters said: "The Martin Molony Stakes (Listed) could be next on the agenda after this (at Limerick on April 26), and if she stays in form she could go for the Gold Cup at Ascot.

"Then you would have a month or six weeks before the Galway Hurdle. She is still nicely rated on 144 over hurdles compared to the really top mares like Annie Power and Quevega who are about 20lb higher. The prize-money is huge at Galway.

"There are plenty of good staying races for her to aim at later in the year, all the Cup races, but we'll space them out a bit more.

"As a young mare she was winning races easily and ran two or three times in the space of a few weeks, but she will be operating at a higher level now."

Winters has his fingers crossed for good weather ahead of Rebel Fitz's challenge for the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse on April 20.

The County Cork handler reports the nine-year-old to be in tip-top chase following his latest success at Cork last month, when he accounted for Tarla by 10 lengths.

"A dry week would suit us very well, and the ground should be beautiful according to the forecast. Everything is right for him to go up and be at his peak," said Winters.

"He's come out of the race in Mallow (Cork) very well.

"On the day the ground was heavy but he had the best of it on the inside as it was only the second race. By the fourth race he might not have been able to handle it at all.

"In fairness to Tarla she made it a hot pace and at the second-last I thought it was going to be a fierce battle between them. But she stopped very quickly for whatever reason.

"We were delighted with his run and Barry (Geraghty) was very pleased with him. I'd say he fancies his chances at Fairyhouse, and he said he will stay with the horse for the rest of the year.

"He's getting on so well with the horse and getting a great tune out of him."

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