Limerick passed an early-morning inspection, and National Hunt racing will commence in Ireland with a seven-race fixture at 1:15pm.
The action is due to get under way with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle, in which Carrigeen Lonicera attempts to translate her successful bumper form to this sphere. The horse to side with could be Ruby Walsh’s mount Toye Native 5/2 with Boyelsports.com. Colin McBratney’s charge has placed twice in her last two starts at Down Royal. She bumped into a decent sort in Art Of Logistics on one of those occasions. If she runs to that form today against her own sex she can get punters off to a nice start.
The Paparrazi Kid whose form now is beginning to have a sequence of seconds looks the obvious winner of the I.N.H. Stallion Owners European Breeders Fund Maiden Hurdle. He has settled for the runner up spot on the last four occasions. This seems to be a lesser task and his 4/9 price reflects his chances today. The main danger and best value could come in the form of Tramore bumper winner Golden Plan who at 4/1 with Boylesports.com looks a very good each way bet. He won his bumper nicely on his racecourse debut, and if improving on his translation to this sphere he could pose a threat to the odds on favourite.
The www.limerickraces.ie Handicap Hurdle at 2:15 seems to be an open contest and it could pay well to side with Noble Pageant at 16/1. Andrew McNamara’s mount is 16/1 with Boylesports and is excellent value at that price. The seven-year old finished second behind Willie Mullins exciting novice Ballycasey on his last outing and if reproducing that form, despite the 5lbs rise in the weights he could be good enough to take this contest.
Immediate Response at 8/11 can be expected to make a winning debut over fences in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Beginners Steeplechase at 3:15. The 10-year-old was successful in three of his four hurdle starts for Willie Mullins last season and has the scope to do just as well in this sphere. He is sure to be well schooled and in top form and can take advantage of this weakened Beginners Chase. His biggest danger looks to be Stony Grey Soil, who got within a head of winning at Thurles, while Gerdalia receives the handy mares’ allowance and she cannot be ruled out either.
Others to note are Sir Harry Cash in the 15:45. He comes here in good form after a solid placed effort in Tramore on his latest outing. He is 9/2 with Boylesports and he should put in a good display today.