Cork National Day


By Killian

Paddy’s Rewards Club Irish EBF Novice Hurdle (Listed) 3m
Robin De Carlow deserves to be favourite in this race. I was impressed by her at Limerick, where she beat Awayinthewest and Good Thyne Tara. That’s solid form. The step up to 3 miles should suit her. Percy Veer is likely to set the pace, but Cork is a big galloping track and I can’t see him staying in front. Getareason has been disappointing and will need to improve massively. Madison To Monroe may stay on for a place. It’s all about Robin De Carlow in my opinion.

Paddy Power Celebrating 30 Years Irish EBF Novice Steeplechase (Grade 3) of €40,000.00 5-y-o plus 2m 4f
I would oppose Robin Des Foret in this contest in favour of Winter Escape. Robin Des Foret is ultra consistent and should run to about 140. Winter Escape was fifth in a county hurdle in 2017, but has had issues. He is now in the care of Aidan Howard, who seems to have him in fine order again. I thought his jumping was impeccable at Galway and he progressed nicely from his first chase start. Hopefully with another bit of improvement he can take this. Robin Des Foret must also concede 6 pounds. It looks to be between these two.

Paddy Power Cork Grand National Handicap Steeplechase (Grade B) (Rated 0-150) of €50,000.00 4-y-o plus 3m. 4f
It’s a cliché but this really is a wide open race. Rogue Angel is the favourite and the former Irish Grand National winner has obvious claims. He ran well in the Munster National but might just be open to less exposed horse. The majority of national hunt fans want to see the small trainer doing well and I hope we will see this today. I am siding with Velocity Boy trained by William Murphy. I’ve always liked this horse and he’s a strong chaser, who jumps well. Today’s trip of 3m 4f is a step into the unknown. However after he won at Punchestown in February 2017 the trainer mentioned the possibility of the Irish Grand National. Quotes after the race; Making the running probably suits but I’d love to be able to drop him out and go longer, just to see because I think he could be very good if we could do that. The Irish National is also in the back of our heads. The horse also won a point to point which eases stamina fears and the ground will be ok. Velocity Boy looks overpriced at 20/1. Minella Beau is interesting in his first run in a handicap and is Willie Mullins’ only runner. Oighear Dubh was going to win at Cheltenham before running threw the tapes. It would be nice if he gained compensation. I’m sticking with Velocity Boy though.

1:35 Robin De Carlow
2:10 Winter Escape
3:15 Velocity Boy (e/w)


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