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Take a chance on Flaming Pop doing the business in the thetote.com Mares’ Maiden Hurdle at Navan this afternoon.

Bill Harney’s charge seems most progressive and well capable of taking a contest such as this, notwithstanding that she has to deal with no fewer than 22 opponents.

Following two reasonably promising efforts, over flights at Clonmel and in a bumper at Fairyhouse, the selection went forward again in a valuable novice hurdle at Fairyhouse last time.

She battled on stoutly to finish three lengths second behind shock winner Back In A Tic and had one of her main rivals now, Chasing Shadows, four and a quarter lengths away in fourth spot.

That contest was over two and a half miles, but the drop down to two, on this stiff track, isn’t a major concern.

Colm Murphy’s Zaarito gets the nod in a fascinating Grade 2 Webster Cup Chase. He’s had more than his share of problems, but has been nursed back to something approaching his best by a shrewd handler.

His first two outings of the campaign were particulrly poor, but Zaarito, far from neglected in the market, was back on song at Naas when beaten a length by in-form Seabass.

Realt Dubh, a classy sort, rates the obvious danger. But he too has had problems and only made a belated seasonal debut at the Cheltenham festival.

Noel Meade’s eight-year-old finished a remote fifth behind Finian’s Rainbow and it is hard to know just how much ability he retains.

Beef To The Heels, who has the capacity to send punters to the poor house, is given a final chance in the thetote.com Maiden Hurdle. As a son of Bob Back, Beef To The Heels may be finally getting what is required, a decent surface, and it is surely a case of now or never!

At Limerick tomorrow Ted Walsh’s Summer Star, who indicated a liking for this track when scoring here by 14 lengths 12 days ago, is the nap choice in the Kevin McManus Bookmaker Champion Bumper.

Frisco Depot ran the race of his life when beaten five and a half lengths by Flemenstar in a Grade 3 at Naas earlier in the month and a repeat of that will see him go close in the Hugh McMahon Memorial Novice Chase.

Rory Anna, who blundered two out, before taking a close fourth to Idarah in a handicap at Naas, shouldn’t be far away in the Riverfest May 5th Hurdle.

Little Green, down in grade after claiming third behind The Bishop Looney and Maggie Connolly at Punchestown, gets the nod in the Follow Limerick Racecourse On Twitter Mares’ Hurdle.


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