13:40 Limerick

ELUSIVE STAR (best price 8-1) couldn’t lay a glove on impressive winner Archies Charm over today’s C&D last time out but as the winner posted the fastest time on the eight-race card that day, it’s the sort of solid platform from which Michael Hourigan’s gelding should be able to build and capitalise on.

A point-to-point winner this time last year, the son of Elusive Pimpernel hasn’t quite managed to replicate the same level of form in four attempts over hurdles but there’s no doubt his latest effort was a huge step in the right direction. Held up in midfield here two weeks ago, the six-year-old stayed on best of the rest behind the easy winner and it’s worth pointing out that his final lap time was by some way better than some of his rivals he faces here today who also ran on the same card. Back to the scene of that fine effort and with Rachael Blackmore booked, he makes plenty of appeal at the morning odds from an each-way perspective.

Elusive Star - 0.5pts e/w @ 8/1

14:00 Southwell

PENCREEK (NAP) (best price 3-1) proved no match for two potentially very smart types at Newbury earlier last month but today’s contest looks decidedly easier and he’s fancied to take advantage on a track that should suit.

Having his first run for new connections after a 437-day layoff, Ben Pauling’s gelding was given plenty of time to settle into a rhythm at the Berkshire venue but by the field had entered the home straight, he’d worked himself into a better position. Closing up nicely at the second last, he proceeded to make a jolting error which rather checked his momentum and it meant that he had to settle for third place, a full 11 lengths behind the impressive winner, Dusart. Based on where the front pair might end up during the rest of their careers, it’s fair to say the son of Konig Shuffle ran to a fair standard, even accounting for the ground lost, and with today’s track likely to put more of an emphasis on speed, he shouldn’t be lacking in that department given the way he travelled throughout his hurdling debut 26 days ago.

Pencreek - 1pt @ 3/1

14:15 Limerick

LIKEABLE CHANCER (best price 15-2) has yet to win in 13 starts, but it’s notable that four of his best achievements so far to date have accomplished at today’s track so it would come as little surprise if Daniel Howard’s six-year-old went very close to shedding his maiden tag over a terrain that clearly brings out the best part of his game.

Placed in all of his three to the Greenmount Park track prior to heading back here last time out, the six-year-old was in the process of putting up another bold show when unfortunately, he pitched on landing at the second last and ejected his pilot out the side door. Whether he would have won is open to question but given how well he was staying on in the closing stages points towards today’s step up to three miles being a big plus and he should be backed to confirm that view.

Likeable Chancer - 0.5pts e/w @ 15-2