Annacarton to remain on rise
Annacarton can continue his recent purple patch in the Munster Hunters' Chase on this afternoon's amateur riders' card at Cork racecourse in Mallow.
Having finished third in a good hunters' chase at Gowran Park in March, Jimmy Mangan's charge went on to run out a comfortable winner at Tramore a fortnight ago under today's rider Mikey O'Connor. The following day, Derek O'Connor steered him to an equally impressive success in the Open at Dromahane point-to-point.
A seven-year-old son of Oscar, Annacarton is clearly going places and he should have the class to concede weight all round today in what isn't a strong race.
O'Connor, one of the leading men between the flags, can also collect on Make It Better and Our Girl Lucy.
Make It Better, which O'Connor trains, contests the Glenview & Rathbarry Studs-sponsored mares' contest, a decent race of its kind.
A four-time winner since October, Make It Better has done nothing but progress, and she should prevail despite the strength of the opposition.
The Tom Cooper-trained Our Girl Lucy makes her racecourse debut in the mares' bumper. After Dark, impressive when beating a subsequent winner at Lemonfield in March, may be a tough opponent in this, but Our Girl Lucy has come into her own lately.
In four completed starts this year, the Flemensfirth mare has not finished outside the first three, winning her last two, so the switch to a bumper comes at the right time now.
Leave Him Alone is fancied in the earlier Pegasus Horse Feed bumper.
Yesterday at Cork, Roberto Goldback captured the Listed Imperial Call Chase for trainer Jessica Harrington and jockey Robbie Power.
The son of Bob Back was a little slow at some of his fences but gained a narrow lead from two out, staying on well for a three-and-a-half-lengths win over Swift Counsel.
The victory saw Power complete a double as he was earlier successful aboard Colm Murphy's Captain Paulie, which landed the Munster Waste Management Handicap Hurdle by a short head from Old Theatre Royal.
The Sabrina Harty-trained Kalann, under Mike Darcy, justified 4/6 favouritism to win the opening maiden hurdle.
Afterwards, Harty indicated that her charge would head to Punchestown, possibly for the Grade One four-year-old hurdle.
The grief-stricken beginners' chase went the way of Noel Meade's Gracchus which avoided the general mayhem to score under John Cullen.
The Hannah Lee-trained Just For Joe made all to win the bumper.