Onlyhuman to relish rain at 'Junction'
The rain will have penetrated the Tipperary terrain at the Limerick Junction track this evening, sweet music to connections of the Edward Lynam-handled Onlyhuman.
The Invincible Spirit gelding, which surprisingly only kicked off at the age of four, improved from a debut offering to score at Gowran at 8/1. It was a success of such ease as to suggest he may have prospects going forward in handicaps - and tonight is similar to one - off 84.
Testing conditions are no issue for Massayan, top weight and probable favourite, but it is still hard to be overly enthused about the form of the Dermot Weld barn.
Lynam should be challenging for a double at this stage, since Pious Alexander's claims are outstanding in the opener. A slight concern about the ground notwithstanding, she stands out a mile on the best of her form, though seemingly not the easiest to keep sound.
Spanish Dawn might be forward enough to snare the auction maiden on debut. Her sire, Helmet, has done quite well already in these parts, the father of Thunder Snow, which was second to Churchill in the Irish Guineas. Also a Godolphin runner, Spanish Dawn is trained by Michael Halford.
One of the frustrating things about changing of ground is the potential for non-runners. The 16-runner make-up of the first handicap is key to the each-way appeal of Bouquet Garni, another nice ride for Billy Lee which has plenty in her favour for Edward O'Grady. That said, My Painter - another trained in Co Tipperary - is a major danger.
Lynam has more hope of a winner in the fillies' handicap in the form of The Tulip, yet she is not proven on easy ground and each-way preference here is for Hamley, a Fastnet Rock four-year-old that is likely to be thereabouts on form under the excellent Lee.
Adrian McGuinness was in winning form at Ballinrobe earlier in the week for loyal owner Sean Gallagher and perhaps Military Hill, which scored recently at Gowran on yielding to soft, can continue the stable's nice form and that of Ronan Whelan in the nine-furlong handicap.
Greanta, a winner off higher previously, is tempting in the penultimate contest for Midlands handler Tom Cleary, while the finale is a cracking handicap. It could be between Tony Martin's Dara Tango and Jessica Harrington's Bobabout, both jumpers likely well-in on the level.