Please Talk to have the last word for Carberry and Meade
Paul Carberry and Noel Meade could be the partnership to follow on a low-key spread at Limerick today.
In the Freeman Keane Associates Maiden Hurdle, the consistent Bat Masterson is fancied to record a deserved win for the Co Meath natives, while they should also have a big say with Please Talk in the Dorans Pride Hurdle. The most valuable race on offer with a €27,500 pot, the latter Grade Three numbers just five runners.
Michael Hourigan, who trained Dorans Pride throughout his brilliant career, saddles Best Served Cold, and it is that one that has the best form in the book.
Second behind the smart Corbally Ghost in a similar contest at Navan, Best Served Cold is proven over three miles and won't want for assistance from the saddle under Paul Moloney.
However, Please Talk really looked the part when scoring with ease at the first time of asking over flights at Punchestown recently. Archie Meade, fourth home then, has since paid the selection a compliment by winning at Thurles, so it would be no surprise to see the JP McManus-owned five-year-old follow up here.
Medical Card is another of the Meade and Carberry delegation that ought to go close in the Irish Independent Beginners' Chase, but he hasn't been the most convincing in his two starts over fences to date. Preferred is Ballinahow Lady.
Placed twice in decent heats already this term, David O'Brien's Beneficial mare was still in contention when crashing out at the last at Thurles in November. If none the worse for that experience now, she can make amends for Shay Barry.
The equally consistent Shane Rock gets the nod in the other beginners' chase. Third to Blackstairmountain at Clonmel, the Mouse Morris-trained gelding is overdue a result.