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MAAREK'S CLASS CAN SEAL SPRINT

DAVID NAGLE'S Maarek, who holds an entry for next Saturday's six-furlong Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, will go to Cork tomorrow to contest the listed Midsummer Sprint Stakes over five furlongs.

Seamie Heffernan will renew his association with the 114-rated sprinter, who has proven to be a top level Group class performer over the shorter distances and rose to prominence last season when winning the British Champions Day Sprint at Ascot in October.

Since then, Nagle has been to France and York on his travels with Maarek, who didn't run a bad race at York last time in a race won by Society Rock.

On ratings for tomorrow's race, Maarek should hold too much class as he is a full 10lbs clear on ratings of the next best, My Girl Anna, who has to give away just 7lbs owing to the conditions of the race.

Tommy Stack's four-year-old, Cape Of Approval, is certainly on the upward curve and wasn't disgraced over five furlongs behind Maarek in the past.

Punters can expect Maarek to be rightfully a long odds-on shot for this race and he should have no issues about going about his business and confirming his well-being ahead of a tilt at Royal Ascot in just under a week's time.

Cork's feature on tomorrow's card is the Group Three Noblesse Stakes, worth €75,000, and it is on trust that Princess Highway can improve for her seasonal debut at Naas and return to winning ways for the first time since reigning victorious at Royal Ascot 12 months ago. Again, the conditions of this race mean that Dermot Weld's four-year-old will concede weight to all of her rivals, but is rated high enough to suggest that she is more than capable of doing so. But giving 19lbs to Jim Bolger's three-year-old We'll Go Walking will mean that the likely favourite will have to be at her very best not to suffer another defeat.

The Irish racing this weekend is scattered with tricky-to-solve maidens and Cork is no different tomorrow with the three maidens all difficult to unravel.

The first of them sees Dove Mountain make a quick reappearance after finishing fifth when favourite at the Curragh last weekend and that would appear a significant move by Ballydoyle. He surely warrants respect.

In the fillies' maiden over five furlongs, the Aidan O'Brien-trained Bye Bye Birdie has twice been the bridesmaid and can surely open her account at this juncture.


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