Two quite difficult cards for punters today, but Master Of Verse should provide some respite by taking the Coral.ie Novice Hurdle on the evening card at Limerick.
The very lightly raced seven-year-old threatened to turn into a very disappointing sort, but got his act together with a facile success in an admittedly modest-looking maiden hurdle last time out at Fairyhouse.
That left his previous form behind and there’s every reason to expect he can build on it now.
Runner-up Troublesombrothers also gave the form a bit of a boost when winning next time and the selection can see off previous winners Black Warrior, Consharon Boy and Crosshue Boy.
French Ambassador appeals as a value bet in the previous race, the Coral.ie Handicap Hurdle. Trained by Conor O’Dwyer, he caught the eye in defeat on his most recent start, in a maiden hurdle won by Weather Watch.
For much of the journey, he jumped quite impressively but made a mistake at the last hurdle down the back. That halted the progress he was making, but he regathered his momentum and kept on nicely to finish sixth.
The six-year-old start off life in handicaps off a mark of 90, and that looks manageable for the unexposed son of Darsi.
He is a full brother to connections’ Go Darsi Go, who has a mark of 124 over hurdles, and made an impressive chasing debut recently at Roscommon to earn a figure of 130.
Clearly he’s not at that level yet, but this looks a good place to begin to realise his potential. While he has a little to prove, he is preferred to Crocodile Dundee and Sweet Little Lies.
At Navan, King Electric should justify likely short odds in the opener, while Sweetest Taboo can earn a long overdue return to winning ways in the third race.
The best of the weekend’s action comes at Cork tomorrow, where the Group 3 Munster Oaks is the feature. The best bet on the card comes in the shape of Crafted Jewel, who can take the closing maiden for Sheila Lavery.
The filly ran very well in three runs last season, and made her return with an eye-catching display behind Cockatoo Island just last week at Leopardstown. If she runs to her mark, in the low 80s, she will be very hard to beat. The Dermot Weld-trained newcomer, Boca Raton, should be noted for confidence in the market.
Weld can take the feature with Shamreen. An eye-catcher on debut, in March, hindsight tells us she lost little in defeat when beaten favourite behind subsequent listed race winner and Epsom Oaks fourth Somehow on her next start.
Her own turn came at Gowran on her third outing, and she followed up with an impressive success at the same track next time. Nicely progressive and certainly unexposed, she is preferred to How High The Moon
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