After three abandoned meetings, the horse racing action returns at Limerick this afternoon, and punters can get their reward early by siding with Plain Talking in the opener and Pakman in the second race.
Although Plain Talking had reasonable form on decent ground on the level, she may have found things happening too quickly in decent conditions last time at Downpatrick, where she finished a never-dangerous fourth behind Buyer Beware.
However, her hurdling debut came on heavy ground at Navan in February, and she ran a super race to finish third behind All Souls, who has since shown himself to be a decent sort.
Back on testing ground this afternoon and over this slightly longer trip, the four-year-old, trained by in-form handler Gavin Cromwell, can make the most of her age allowance to get off the mark at the fourth time of asking. Breen Kane also takes off a handy 7lbs, which brings her weight down to 10-4, and that can only be a positive in expected conditions.
The danger may come from Lily Yeats, who has shown promise in three outings, and is likely capable of better. The only concern is that she may have a preference for quicker ground.
Pakman will take beating in the second race, a maiden hurdle. The lightly raced eight-year-old has had more runs this season – five - than in the rest of his career, and this is his easiest assignment to date. Last time out, in a handicap, Adrian Murray’ horse ran well to finish third behind Dollar And A Dream, the same position he filled when behind Burgas in a hot maiden hurdle on his previous outing.
The step up to two-miles-three shouldn’t be an issue, and this looks a good opportunity to get off the mark.
Bobbie’s Diamond is feared most. He caught the eye in second place behind Mr Diablo in a beginners’ chase at Fairyhouse’s Easter festival, and drops back to hurdling for this race. He should go well, as should Paper Lantern who, like the selection, is a lightly raced sort open to improvement.
Winning hasn’t come easy to Some Drama, but he has been found a perfect opportunity to secure a second career success in the beginners’ chase. Second behind On The Shannon in a novice handicap chase at Fairyhouse last time, he sets the standard and will surely take beating.
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