Secret can go one better

INTIMATE SECRET is the nap choice in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden at Limerick this afternoon.

Dermot Weld’s daughter of Invincible Spirit has run two reasonably promising races and is fancied to overcome an absence of 96 days in what looks a moderate contest.

She began by finishing fourth behind Marina Of Venice at the Curragh on Derby weekend and was then a strong order at Leopardstown about a month later. You would have too say Intimate Secret’s performance then was mildly disappointing in that she had the run of the race and yet failed by three parts of a length to hold Monivea.

Nevertheless stepping up half a furlong in trip should help and her overall form still appears to give the selection a decided edge.

Tracey Collins’ Lord Rathvinden can land the Adare Handicap, having been most unlucky at Navan six days ago.

Nibbled at in the market, his saddle slippped after a furlong and then the rider lost his irons three furlongs down. Lord Rathvinden still managed to hit the front with over a furlong to run, but, hardly surprisingly, had nothing left when Kaitlins Joy attacked, going under by four lengths.

Collins might also have the answer to the Athea Handicap with the very frustrating Lilly Lavender.

She lost out by half a length to Coral Creek at Down Royal last time and it is surely now or never for the five-year-old!

Western Winner could leave a serious bout of seconditis behind in the concluding Clarina Handicap.


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