14:30 Cork Sat 20 April 2019
Genuine and tough sort with a more than solid record over C&D winning four of his seven starts over the combination, hitting the frame on a further two occasions. Back below last winning mark and has to be considered.
Ante-post gamble won a decent good ground 1m handicap at Curragh last May but struggled afterwards. Short of room and lost place in the Lincoln at Doncaster last month on stable debut. Plenty to find on recent offerings.
One from nine starts over this trip and well down the field over a similar distance on seasonal debut in a Naas handicap last month. May have had excuses on that appearance but has a wide draw to overcome.
Highly tried winner of three of his 38 starts on the Flat and not disgraced on return to action at Leopardstown earlier this month in the Listed Heritage stakes, finishing 2¾L adrift of the winner, Imaging. Well held in Irish Lincoln last month.
Assertive winner of the Irish Lincoln last month off a 10lb lower mark with the likes of Spiorad Saoirse, Marshall Jennings, Honor Oak and Insignia Of Rank well behind. No reason for not being another bold show.
Improved from debut to win at Galway in maiden company but hasn't made her presence felt up in class in four starts since. Others look to be progressing at a quicker rate.
Winner of tow of his 27 starts over this trip hitting the frame on a further 10 occasions. Has dropped below last winning mark at Dundalk on the AW in October but has a somewhat negative draw to content with.
Improved from finishing 10th in the Irish Lincoln behind Karawan when finishing second of 12 beaten a short-head behind the Jim Bolger-trained Gasta over a similar trip earlier this month. Could be interesting.
Failed to win in 2018 but lots of big field handicap form and all ground come alike to him. Promising sixth of 13 beaten 4½L behind the gutsy Annie Fior at Leopardstown earlier this month. Not one to leave out of calculations.
Hasn't won since landing a Listed race at York since 2015 for trainer Brian Ellison. Not seen since a dismal effort at Galway when ninth of 10 beaten over 9L in October. Others more appealing on the balance of backend starts.
Form has been a revelation since moving yards and from the AW at Dundalk on to turf including landing a double in October last season. Now has a 17lb higher mark to contend with which was enough to slow his progress towards the end of the season.
Won off just 2lb lower at Dundalk in October but well beaten on his reappearance in the Irish Lincoln. Could be up against it here.
Seasoned handicapper who has landed three contests over similar trips from 19 starts, most recent of which came in a Galway handicap in August off a 6lb lower mark. Beaten since and appears to need some relief from the handicapper.
One from two starts at this venue. Travelled well over C&D this month when not finding much room two out while in a pocket on the rail. Appeared not to find much once let down but wasn't given a hard time either. First-time blinkers to assist.
Former Godolphin gelding, promising second of nine beaten ½L on first start for 10 months in a Dundalk 1m handicap on the AW last month. Entitled to make the shortlist on second start for yard.
Looked overwhelmed on return to action in a Leopardstown 7f handicap on soft ground earlier this month finishing last of the 13 runners behind the impressive Annie Fior. Hard to construct much of a case for him.
Dundalk stalwart but winner of four of his 35 starts on turf, the last win coming in a Limerick 6½f handicap in June last year off a 1lb lower mark. Could be of interest if getting to the lead from slightly negative draw.
Started the season in grand style by landing a Leopardstown 7f handicap before winning a 16-runner 7f handicap at Gowran Park earlier this month off a 15lb lower mark. Tough ask but could be dangerous running in the front rank.
Last Year's Winner
Karawaan (11/4), Charcor (5/1), Atlas (15/2), Katiymann (8/1), Annie Fior (10/1), Marshall Jennings (12/1), Port Lions (12/1), Perfect Tapatino (14/1), Honor Oak (14/1), Jewel Maker (14/1), Geological (16/1), Aussie Valentine (16/1), Saltonstall (16/1), Brendan Brackan (20/1), Spiorad Saoirse (22/1), Insignia Of Rank (28/1), Shekiba (33/1), Top Notch Tonto (33/1), Tintoretto (33/1)
- Brendan Brackan
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