Thursday, 23 August 2018


Another tightly graded card at Limerick will likely see the bookies fairly safe again for the SIS Thursday meeting this week but we’ll try take the sting out of the weekend expenses nonetheless.


You'd like a market to guide here and without rewarding odds, this would be a "no bet" race but the entire card has that feel about it and don't regard Padraig O'Lone's RESERVIST as anything approaching Nap material.

From Trap 1 however, the race does set up nicely for the early pacer, even if he is guaranteed to give a scare in the dying yards. He can be expected to lead on the inside of a host of runners who would be wishing for the same. Vulnerable to a stayer, the obvious threat is the pup Honeypound Champ but he is getting quite far behind in his races and if all goes to plan to the closing bends, the selection could have a few blockers to aid his chances out front. He appears to have settled around the 29.45 mark and producing that while denying similar types a lead, can be enough.


A trappy enough affair with most either debuting in A3 or only just having arrived in the grade.

Last week's effort from Gearoid Kelly's MOUNTPLUMMER (NAP) would have to temper confidence but she was a bit far out in Trap 5 when failing to lead then and she is the only runner with established A3 form amongst the line-up, albeit just decent place form. I have a suspicion she could get priced up a bit on the low side but this is as good an opportunity as she could wish for in A3.


The grader is certainly doing his job and at first glance, anything could win this.

Still, I'm willing to take a chance that Patsy & Aoife Coffey's CARRIGMORE PUMA can turn a bit closer this time than he has in four outings so far. He has not yet surpassed his qualifying time in a race but has not found a clear run on three occasions and walked out in the other. He found a warm graded event last time when actually breaking well enough for a staying type and with a few slow starters in the race, he could conceivably get a run now, but, he'd want to be a price.

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