I’m looking forward to five booked rides at Cork on Sunday – the going is currently on the easier side of good for their Cork National meeting but there could well be more rain overnight.
ECLAIR DE BEAUFEU (1.05pm)
Huge field of 27 runners for the opener and I’m delighted to be onboard the French recruit Eclair De Beaufeu who is a dual bumper winner in heavy ground. Needless to say I’m more than happy to see some further rain and he looks a smart debutant for Gordon (Elliott) who will hopefully run a big race on debut.
PERCY VEER (1.35pm)
He was very good the last day in Limerick when he won a Listed novice hurdle and stepped up in grade nicely after his narrow Listowel maiden hurdle win. This looks tougher again but on a going day he has plenty of ability. I’m probably most worried about Gordon’s Elwood who is a half brother to Delta Work and won last time out by 12 lengths when trained in France.
YOUNG TURK (2.10pm)
Got off the mark over fences the last day at Tipperary and the slightly shorter trip shouldn’t cause any problems. This is quite a jump in class for him today though so we’ll find out how good he is now he has the confidence of a first win over fences. Robin Des Foret is very consistent and will be a tough nut to crack.
JUST A NORMAL DAY (2.45pm)
It’s a decent race but my fella is very consistent over both fences and hurdles. I rode him two starts ago on his first start for Dot Love and he gave me a good spin when second to Muroor at Downpatrick. He’s rated lower over fences than hurdles and hopefully we can take advantage as he returns to the larger obstacles.
OUT SAM (3.15pm Paddy Power Cork Grand National)
Any overnight rain should help his chances in a wide open renewal which includes Raz De Maree who won it two seasons ago. There’s been plenty of encouragement from Out Sam’s last couple of races which came on testing ground at Downpatrick (3rd Ulster National) and at Fairyhouse. This is his first start of the season but we are hoping he can get competitive. So many dangers, ones that caught me eye were Poormans Hill who has the benefit of a run this season, Minella Rose who still looks unexposed and Oighear Dubh who was desperately unlucky when running out at Cheltenham with the race in the bag.
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