Sunday 22 April 2018

Bally primed for Cork contest


Ballychorus appears to have been found a good opportunity to get her head back in front in the Social Package Hurdle at Cork on Monday.

Mags Mullins's six-year-old mare is comfortably the highest rated of the six runners over timber on a mark of 122. She was a winner over fences at Down Royal in May before coming home second to Steel King in a Roscommon handicap hurdle over this three-mile trip last month.

Edith Somerville has 22 rivals to overcome in the Follow Us On Twitter (Mares) Maiden Hurdle but is clearly going the right way after a runner-up finish in Killarney. Davy Russell is on board for the first time.

Course and distance winner Theos Well steps into handicap company for the first time in the At The Races Handicap Hurdle over two miles. He is on a hat-trick after winning on the Flat in Ballinrobe and his maiden hurdle here, when last seen in July.

Pace And Passion swooped late to conquer by a short head in Bellewstown and has prospects off 3lb higher in the (Mares) Handicap Hurdle, particularly with Shane Shortall taking 5lb off her back.

Edward O'Grady has booked Barry Geraghty for Clonmel bumper winner Roconga in the Mallow Hospital Maiden Hurdle. This five-year-old gelding has a consistent profile, with a win and three places from his six outings. He ought to go close.

The Take A Selfie @ Cork Racecourse Handicap Hurdle has the look of a bookmakers' benefit to it. Owner JP McManus has a strong hand, though, with Time Please and former course winner Just Call Me.

Wllie Mullins took the bumper last year with Bosman Rule and his Grangeclare Rosa is sure to be popular. She is on a recovery mission after finishing third at 11-10 in Bellewstown.

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