WhichBookie racing analyst Andrew Blair White provides a preview and betting tips for races at Limerick on Friday 27th May.
|My Girl Lollipop||13/213/2||Each Way - 4 Places
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Date of Tips: 29/03/2022
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (10:59 29/03/2022) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
After a few days of middling action, there is a sense of anticipation again for the National Hunt racing fans with the Scottish / English and Irish Grand Nationals all coming up in the next few weekends. I have been taking a deep dive into the Aintree National and should have an article for it up in the coming days, while efforts at the moment will be focusing on Uttoxeter, which hosts a seven race card today and sees the best jumps racing of the day. As much as I am always in favor of siding with Irish racing, I am quite keen to swerve well clear of this early season flat stuff.
Anyway back to Uttoxeter, and the first port of call is the 3.35 race, which is the 2m4f mares handicap hurdle. This 11 runner race looks like a competitive contest for mares rated between 0-110 and you could make a case for plenty of these. The conditions will suit Sainte Doctor, but it was maybe a shade disappointing that the mare didn’t get the job done last time out at Fakenham, when having a clear chance to go by in the straight. Dicey Reilly will also be suited by the step back up in trip after some consistent efforts, but she is looking a shade vulnerable at the moment and will need to improve for those recent performances.
That leaves us with My Girl Lollipop, who is a mare with ability and should be able to land a blow on handicap debut off a mark of 100. She has posted two good efforts in a row over hurdles, when finishing second on both occasions to the unbeaten Corey’s Courage, once here at Uttoxeter and once at Doncaster. The last time at Doncaster, she got noticeably closer to that rival, with the step up in trip to the intermediate trip over 2m3f seeming to work well. She returns back to this venue, where she has run well before and she is facing nothing of that standard in this contest today. Stuart Edmunds has been in good recent form, where he has had 3 winners in his last 9 runners, and hopefully this will be a great opportunity for this horse. At a price of 13/2 with SkyBet, who are offering 4 places, she is an each way bet.
The second and final selection for the day comes in the 4.10 race, which is the staying handicap hurdle over 2m7f. This race seems to revolve around two horses at the top of the market and the Olly Murphy trained Storm of Light is just edging favoritism at this stage. He was a horse I backed last time out at Market Rasen and although he is a former course winner here, and the trip will likely suit – he hit a prolonged flat spot in that race and his jumping has always left a bit to be desired. As a result, I am going to swerve clear and allow him to win at the prices.
Instead, I will be siding with the unexposed River Legend, who takes a marked step up in trip on handicap debut for the typically in-form Skelton team. Last time out, this horse ran a lovely race in third behind Current Mood at Chepstow over 2 miles, when staying on nicely last on after the race had been lost. That may have indicated that they have had handicaps in mind and it is no surprise to see this horse well found in the market with handicaps looking like his calling. An opening mark of 106 is not over facing given what he has achieved thus far on the track, with some nice RPRs having been posted, and Harry Skelton is booked. I would have thought this horse will be held onto for a late run and hopefully come through with flying colors. At a price of 9/4 with Paddy Power, I think he is a bet.