Wednesday 22 March 2017

Enchanted to regain magic touch

The Fermoy Race is one of the feature events at Cork this afternoon and red-hot handler Dermot Weld boasts outstanding claims with Enchanted Evening.

Winner of a maiden for fillies at Navan in May 2009, she then ran a fine race when stepped up in grade for the Gallinule Stakes at The Curragh.

The daughter of High Chaparral subsequently spent 12 months on the sidelines but she resumed with a very encouraging fourth in Group Three company in May this year and appears to have found an ideal opportunity to regain the winning touch.

Another three-month lay-off looks far from ideal, however, and the likes of Vita Venturi and recent Galway winner New Magic will have the edge in race-fitness.

The Scarteen Handicap is another decent contest and Liberty Island has plenty in his favour. Ken Condon's gelding had the reopposing Sampers back in fifth when runner-up at Tipperary last time and he is better off at the weights following that rival's subsequent rise for winning at Dundalk.

The seven-race card kicks off at 2.25 with the Gortnagross Maiden and Condon will also harbour high hopes for Fedora.

The recent Leopardstown runner-up has improved with every run this season but will face a stern examination from Weld's Confidence and the David Wachman-trained Paraphernalia, which both look likely to strike before long.

Jim Bolger's Deire Na Sli sets a warm standard in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, while stablemate Deorai and the Aidan O'Brien-trained Memphis Tennessee are fancied to go close first time out in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden.

David Marnane has My St Clair in good nick ahead of the Mount Hillary Handicap and the concluding Newmarket Handicap could go the way of Peter Casey's Dotada, which scored under Pat Smullen at Fairyhouse.

Sunday Independent

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