Keats Dream can write script for Walsh
Cork's three-day festival, which is marketed locally as a 'Racing Home for Easter' backed both by voluntary organisations and businesses in the Mallow area, kicks off today with a National Hunt session.
The fare tomorrow and on Monday is divided then between the flat and jumping, although the sprint track due to stage the first three events on the final afternoon has yet to be passed for racing after being waterlogged.
Doneraile trainer John Joe Walsh, who is experiencing a welcome change of fortune in the current campaign, should reward his followers once more in association with the experienced claimer Eddie Power.
Their recent fairly predictable Thurles winner Keats Dream has an outstanding chance of obliging again when returning to the scene of a previous career success for the Easter Festival Handicap Hurdle today.
Cheer Up, which was also on the mark at the same Thurles fixture for the Harrison family, and Conor O'Dwyer's Stradbally, despite an absence of 284 days, could prove the main threats to Power's mount.
Well-backed when a fair fourth at Limerick in maiden hurdle company, Walsh's bumper winner Stony Grey Soil might manage to open his account over timber in the Mallow Town Handicap Hurdle.
Another leading Cork handler, Robert Tyner, likewise seems to have come up with a good chance for Pay The Bounty to get off the mark, also as a jumper, in the Munster Waste Management Maiden Hurdle.