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.


Some days you’ve got to make your own sunshine, writes Annmarie O'ConnorTrend of the Week: Escape from lockdown loungewear with these creative closet options

Children’s author Sarah Webb didn’t want sixth class pupils to miss out on their graduation, so to mark their end of year she organised a series of inspirational videos delivered by well-known Irish people, says Helen O’CallaghanIrish celebrities help students say goodbye to primary school

We are all slowing our pace and appreciating the wonders around us, says Peter DowdallMagical maple holds us spellbound

Sustainable gardening tips and a fascinating documentary are among the offerings on your TV todayThursday TV Highlights: A Prime Time look at how schools will cope in the Covid era features in today's TV picks

More From The Irish Examiner