PAT KEANE: Limekiln can get off the mark

DOWNPATRICK today is subject to a 7.30am inspection, due to the threat of frost, and if the meeting does go west we certainly won’t be losing any sleep.

This really is a programme with little or nothing to recommend it and those who play, and lose, will only have themselves to blame!

Shane Donohoe’s Limekiln gets the nap vote in the INH Stallion Owners’ EBF Maiden Hurdle, having finished second to Swift Lord in a bumper on this track last time.

It was his previous effort, however, which indicated the selection might be capable of getting through here.

That came at Sligo in early October, when Limeklin was travelling strongly in front when falling three from home, contest won by Chew It Over.

Philip Fenton’s Oran Flyer gets the nod in the Irish Racing Annual 2008 Beginners Chase.

He’s a long way from being any sort of star, but has plenty of experience and wasn’t disgraced when fourth behind Coolpotts at Fairyhouse.

Trotsky, far better treated over flights than fences, could crop up in the Bet With Downpatrick Tote Handicap Hurdle.

He was last seen when completely out of his depth behind The Listener in a Grade 1 Chase at Down Royal and this is a long way removed from that test.

Edward O’Grady’s Lou’s Coole Girl, third to Killultagh Queen at Fairyhouse, gets the nod in the Bumper.


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