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Updated: Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 15:45 | Comments

Edward O'Grady has a couple of decent prospects at Limerick
Edward O'Grady has a couple of decent prospects at Limerick

Edward O'Grady's Acapulco is an interesting runner in the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Beginners Chase, the feature event at Limerick on Wednesday.

The gelding hasn't been seen since landing a handicap hurdle at the Punchestown Festival just under a year ago and returns for his first outing over fences.

The former Ballydoyle inmate could make up into a useful chaser but faces no easy task taking on the likes of Drawn N Drank, a good second over this course and distance last month, and Ludo Et Emergo, who was in pole position in that chase when unseating his rider at the last fence.

O'Grady has another good chance an hour earlier in the www.limerickraces.ie Handicap Hurdle courtesy of Suffren.

On his first outing since June 2011, the eight-year-old caught the eye staying on over 2m at Navan last month and will relish the extra three furlongs on offer this time.

Noble Emperor created a favourable impression on debut and is likely to be all the rage to make it two from two in the I.N.H. Stallion Owners E.B.F. Maiden Hurdle.

The Tony Martin-trained gelding flew home to land a Navan bumper over two miles with plenty to spare and it is no surprise to see him tackling a sterner stamina test on his hurdling bow.

The seven-race card gets underway at 1.45 with the Keywest Play Live 20th June Maiden Hurdle, in which Moonlight Boy sets a clear standard following two recent placed efforts.

However, with his antics at Naas in January - where he was troublesome before running out - still fresh in the memory, punters may be wary about getting stuck into the likely favourite.

There are no such questions marks over Miss Xian and Rory Greenmount, both three-time winners over hurdles and they could fight out the Greenmount Mares Beginners Chase.

A 4lb penalty may not be enough to halt Toreen in the Sporting Limerick Mares Handicap Hurdle following her Clonmel double.

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