Preview of Racing at Cork

By Luke

Racing gets underway with the Matchbook Irish EBF Maiden over six furlongs. Arranmore runs for Jim Bolger with Kevin Manning in the saddle. I think this son of Oasis Dream is likely to bounce out of the stalls and make all. He has two good runs under his belt. He was last seen finishing second at Naas over six furlongs. The third, Harpocrates has since boosted the form by winning and being placed in a Listed Race at Tipperary. On Racecourse debut he ran a fantastic race to finish second behind Armory who has since won a Group 3 at Leopardstown. I think this is a good opportunity for him to win his Maiden at 1/1.

Race two is the Matchbook Betting Exchange App Handicap over six furlongs. I like two in this race, the first being Noirvento trained by Tracey Collins with Ronan Whelan in the saddle. Since making her seasonal reappearance and finishing fifth, she hasn’t been out of the first three home. This daughter of Le Cadre Noir was last seen finishing second at the Curragh behind Miss Jabeam who has since won again at Leopardstown. On her second start this season she won at Sligo, running on strongly to get her head infront at the line. I think she can return to winning ways here at 6/1.

In the same race I think A Likely Story could outrun his odds of 33/1. His last two runs have not been promising but I think he will win a race this season. Three starts back he showed promise when finishing a close third at Limerick. The first two from that race have since been placed. He won last year off a mark of 57 at the Curragh over six furlongs. He now runs off a mark of 48. I think with Andrew Slattery claiming five pounds he can run well off a low weight.

Race five is the Barry’s Tea Supporting Marymount Hospice Handicap over seven furlongs. Beckwith Place went down as one of the unluckiest losers of the Galway Festival when trapped before making up ground and was only bet by a nose. He now runs off a five pound higher mark but if he had a clear run the last day he would have won with the extra weight. The winner has since won twice, he won on the Saturday of Galway as well as at the Curragh on Friday night. I think with a clear run he will be very hard to beat at 15/8.


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