Alive Alive Oh can hit high note for Stack in Cork's opening salvo
Tommy Stack, whose Golden stable traditionally begins the Turf campaign with all guns blazing, can get off the mark for the new Flat season with Alive Alive Oh on the opening salvo of Cork's three-day Easter Festival this afternoon.
The mount of Fran Berry in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies' Maiden, Alive Alive Oh did lots right when third to Ballydoyle's Magician on its sole outing at the Curragh last October. Bunairgead, a length to the good in second, subsequently went on to readily beat Jessica Harrington's Davanti by three lengths at Leopardstown.
Davanti is the pick of the remainder in this seven-runner affair, so Alive Alive Oh warrants the nap vote based on last year's evidence. In the preceding 10-furlong handicap, Ken Condon's Mont Blanc has a first start since obliging here in October.
The Singspiel filly will have her chance, but preferred is Cheval Rouge. Harry Rogers' six-year-old mare chased home Sweet Lightning in the Irish Lincoln at the Curragh last Sunday and she will relish the deep ground here.
In the €40,000 Listed sprint over six furlongs, prolific raider Inxile is very hard to oppose. Stack's Cape Of Approval, a three-time scorer in the mud last autumn, and Srucahan, which completed a hat-trick at the Curragh on Sunday, could potentially trouble Dandy Nicholls' charge, but they still have some improving to do.
While Inxile has to concede three pounds to both, he is rated upwards of 10lbs better, so he can collect here for a second time in three years. Rapid Approach and Montferrat might continue Jim Bolger's rich vein of form earlier on, while Roi Du Mee gets the nod in tomorrow's showpiece Imperial Call Chase.
Noel Meade's injury-prone 2010 Lexus Chase victor Pandorama is an intriguing contender in the three-mile Grade Three, but Roi Du Mee is the form option under visiting rider Jason Maguire.
The eight-year-old has found his niche at this sort of level, collecting for a fifth time in six starts when toppling Prince De Beauchene and Seabass in last month's Bobbyjo Chase.
If he performs to that level again, he should deliver, and Maguire might also get among the winners on Born In Fire. The five-year-old triumphed over Byerley Babe at Punchestown in February, and Robert Tyner's JP McManus-owned mare could turn the tables off one pound better terms in tomorrow's handicap hurdle.
That said, Born In Fire looks a slow-maturing sort that could still have plenty more to give, so he is fancied to do his bit.