Sunday 28 May 2017

Maree can lead Cork double for Cromwell

Trainer Gavin Cromwell will be hopeful of Raz De Maree's chances in tomorrow’s Paddy Power Cork National. Photo: Alain Barr
Trainer Gavin Cromwell will be hopeful of Raz De Maree's chances in tomorrow’s Paddy Power Cork National. Photo: Alain Barr

Johnny Ward

Gavin Cromwell might be the one to follow in tomorrow's Paddy Power Cork National and Raz De Maree is taken to repeat his 2012 win in this contest, which has a relatively small purse (€50,000) for a race of its nature.

Cromwell has an excellent strike-rate, though he has yet to gain a win with Raz De Maree. Dessie Hughes, so sorely missed at Irish race meetings since he died, was in charge of the horse four years ago.

He tends to take plenty of stoking but he appeared to be on the way back to form when second at Gowran. Stablemate As De Pique, which reopposes now, was the winner then.

This tends to be Cork's best meet of the year and the star attraction is Alpha Des Obeaux in the Paddy Power Track My Bet EBF Novice Steeplechase. His class shone through at Thurles, though he has a lot more to do here, taking on serial winner Westerner Lady and Ruby Walsh.

Screaming Rose must be respected for Willie Mullins in the novice hurdle, a Listed event, but Blood Crazed Tiger may out-stay her under David Mullins, who has a fine book of mounts.

Naas holds the Grade Three Brady's Family Ham Supporting Kildare GAA Poplar Square Steeplechase, helping to make this quite the weekend for Irish jumps fans. Avant Tout might have run today at Down Royal but drops back to two miles instead here, which looks less in his favour and more in that of the pacy The Game Changer under Barry Geraghty.

Irish Independent

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