Bets Of The Day: Paper Lantern to do it again at Limerick

Limerick racing
Nerual and Paper Lantern could hit the target on Sunday's card at Limerick

Snowhas claimed today's racing at Ffos Las and Carlisle, so Alan Dudman sticks with a couple of bets on the Limerick card for Sunday...

"As the best horse on ratings here; the race does lack a bit of depth. He stays 3m well and acts on a deep surface and really dug deep to win this contest 12 months ago, so hopefully he can do the same again."

Back Paper Lantern @ 4.03/1 in the 17:15 at Limerick

Doyle mare can improve on Punchestown run

15:35 Limerick - Back Nerual @ 9.08/1

With inspections and snow for other meetings, I will attempt to play safe with a couple of bets on the Limerick card - although with this weather, you never quite know what's around the corner.

Backing Nerual here is a small stakes bet for me, but she is worth considering.

She had a break of 85 days before her last run at Thurles; a race where she never really seemed happy in the first-time blinkers. Maybe she resented the headgear, but I suspect it might have been a lack of fitness as she looked rusty.

Her effort at Punchestown previously was far better, and she shaped like a real stayer on that occasion. Coming back down in trip to 2m5f in deep ground might also be a big help.

Lantern to shine bright in finale

17:15 Limerick - Back Paper Lantern @ 4.03/1

The Graded races didn't really appeal to me, so the closing staying handicap over fences gets the nod - and we'll stick with last year's winner Paper Lantern.

He'll need to produce a personal best from his mark of 122, but he showed enough last time at Naas over 3m to suggest he is returning to form following a fairly quiet spell running over hurdles.

As the best horse on ratings here; the race does lack a bit of depth. He stays 3m well and acts on a deep surface and really dug deep to win this contest 12 months ago, so hopefully he can do the same again.

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