Russell takes advantage to Cork
Published 21/04/2013 | 18:51
Davy Russell and Ruby Walsh are both in action at Cork as the final week of the jumps season gets under way ahead of the Punchestown Festival.
Russell is mounting a strong defence of his jockeys' title and carries a nine-winner advantage into the closing stages, though he will be wary of his rival's firepower with a battery of Willie Mullins-trained stars due to be unleashed.
Walsh teams up with the champion trainer in the opening race at Cork, the July 12th BBQ Evening Beginners Chase, with Turban, who showed promise on his debut over the bigger obstacles when finding only Beeverstown too good at Limerick in December.
Among the opposition is Dul Ar An Ol, who was second to the smart Toner D'Oudairies at Fairyhouse last time, while Darwins Fox also has some useful form. Russell will be looking for improvement from Arnaud.
Walsh also has strong claims in the Friday Evening Racing Maiden Hurdle with the Mullins-trained Dougal Philps, who was headed in the shadow of the post when third after trying to make all at Tramore earlier this month.
The richest race on the card is the Follow Us On Twitter Handicap Hurdle, in which Russell will be on board the Seamus Roche-trained Jim Will Fix It.
The eight-year-old was squeezed up off the final bend when fifth behind Barneys Honour at Wexford on Friday and makes a quick reappearance in a race that looks a competitive contest.
Bumper winners Blue Article and Our Katie are sure to have their supporters in the Follow Cork On Facebook Mares Maiden Hurdle, in which Russell partners Sophies Shadow for Edward Hales.
Nina Carberry has just her second runner as a trainer when she saddles Blaze Of Fire in the Munster Handicap Chase, but he looks to have his work cut out on form.
William Wordsworth has been consistent of late and is entitled to go close, but Reality Dose could prove tough to beat as he appears to be getting back to the form of his Naas success.