Limerick

  • 13:10 I.N.H. Stallion Owners E.B.F. Novice Hurdle2m 3f

  • Winner €11,730 2nd €2,720 3rd €1,190 4th €680
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 9.70s
  • Off time: 13:12:11
13:10 Limerick Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Smokey Joe Joe (IRE) 25/1
2nd Sheer Genius (IRE) 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 0384-11 Dark Blue, Yellow chevron, diabolo on sleeves, quartered cap Abbey Lane (IRE) 210
Nag me
6 11-12 G Elliott P Carberry 123 14/115.00
2 FP/41-1 EMERALD GREEN, pink diamond & sleeves, white cap Aughaloor (IRE) 25
Nag me
8 11-6 W P Mullins P Townend 1/21.50
3 0161 RED, emerald green sleeves, white cap Bayross (IRE) 10
Nag me
6 11-6 J Larkin A E Lynch 4/15.00
4 FU1-513 ORANGE, dark blue braces, halved sleeves, orange cap, dark blue spots Profit Margin (IRE) 13
Nag me
5 11-4 O McKiernan P F Mangan (5) 8/19.00
5 121817 BLACK & YELLOW STRIPES, yellow spots on cap Smokey Joe Joe (IRE) 84
Nag me
5 11-4 K Purcell T J Doyle 113 25/126.00
6 29-4 ROYAL BLUE & WHITE CHEVRONS, royal blue cap, white diamonds Days Hotel (IRE) 45
Nag me
6 11-0 H De Bromhead D J Casey 50/151.00
7 28-4063 DARK BLUE, yellow panel, sleeves & cap Sheer Genius (IRE) 27
Nag me
6 11-0 J J Murphy Mr G Sheehan (7) 104 16/117.00

Verdict

The progressive Abbey Lane is proving very versatile having scored over 2m2f at Gowran amd 3m1f at Perth. Both of those victories were on fast ground and her double penalties suggest this is a tough task against AUGHALOOR. Willie Mullins' charge, a bumper winner last March, made a very promising start over timber at Fairyhouse on New Year's Day and, though the placed horses have been beaten subsequently, there's much more to come from the former point-to-pointer. A line through Lord Redsgirth, placed behind the selection and Bayross last time, gives the latter a big chance here as his surprise victory over the Mullins hot-pot Sous Les Cieux was by no means a fluke and he'll love the testing conditions. Profit Margin didn't quite last out 2m6f at Thurles last time and will be more at home over this trip.