Rookie Madden to score on Barbeque
Barbeque is trusted with the nap vote on a moderate Flat card at Limerick this afternoon.
Tommy Stack's Elusive City six-year-old contests a 14-runner handicap, in which the recent heavy ground Cork winner Athloman Cottage is sure to play a leading role.
John and Julie Burke's representative won with a bit to spare at the Mallow venue, so a 5lb rise to a mark of 52 doesn't look overly punitive given the similar conditions here.
Barbeque gets in off the same rating, having finished fourth on its reappearance over five furlongs at the same track two days later.
A winner off this mark over six there last August, he wasn't beaten far when fifth off 57 back there in September.
On that occasion and again on his comeback, Barbeque ran on late, leaving the impression that he really needs six furlongs to excel.
He gets that again now, so, with the benefit of his outing 10 days ago, this could be a dream introduction for the 10lb-claiming CJ Madden, a newcomer booked to steer.
Elsewhere on the card, Pat Smullen has the potential to dominate proceedings. The multiple champion is on the Dermot Weld-trained odds-on favourites Orangey Red and A Likely Story in the first two maidens, and he also has a decent chance aboard Deor in the 11-furlong handicap.
This is a poor race, but at least there are eight runners, so there should be a decent each-way market. A son of the legendary Galileo, Deor has yet to win in 11 outings.
However, he has run well on soft ground before and has fallen to a career-low rating of 71, so he is fancied to at least make the frame.