'Creme' can rise to top for Weld in Cork heat
Dermot Weld's Creme De La is trusted with the nap vote today as the Easter racing festivities get underway on the Flat at Cork.
The English Channel filly contests an eight-runner maiden over an extended mile under Pat Smullen, with Adrian Keatley's Jet Setting a potentially formidable rival. Placed in a Chantilly Listed race on her first start for Keatley in November, Jet Setting obviously has ability, but she has passed up five chances already.
Creme De La was an eye-catching third to How High The Moon on her only outing at the Curragh in August. That was a promising turn, so she is fancied to build on it now.
In the opening maiden, Jim Bolger's Clear Cut should justify likely short odds for Kevin Manning after a recent pipe-opener at Dundalk, while Paul Deegan's Papa's Way could take the featured €24,000 10-furlong handicap for a second year running.
Weld's Stuccodor is a threat in this, but Papa's Way showed its well-being by winning here over flights last week. Successful 12 months ago off a mark of 77 before following up at the Curragh off 83, there is every chance that Conor Hoban's mount can defy a poor draw to take advantage of a mark of 82 now.