Sunday 25 February 2018

McCreery's Ohh Lala has plenty appeal in Cork sprint

Trainer Willie McCreery. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Trainer Willie McCreery. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Willie McCreery recently bagged his first winners of the fledgling turf season and he is napped to secure another with Ohh Lala at Cork this evening.

The Curragh handler will also have a chance with Ostatnia in the preceding maiden, but Ohh Lala appeals as a solid option in the six-furlong handicap.

Nine runners are set to go to post for what is a decent event of its type, with Michael O'Callaghan's Aggression sharing top-weight on its first start for Qatar Racing, having changed hands following a narrow debut win at Dundalk in December.

That Andrea Atzeni has opted to stay on for just one ride following his trip to the Curragh yesterday is encouraging for Aggression's prospects, but Ohh Lala has lots going for her.

A maiden winner over six-and-a-half furlongs at Sligo last year, the Clodovil filly was a close third off a mark of 77 at the Curragh next time. On Ohh Lala's Tipperary reappearance off a mark of 76, she kept on well to be third to Great Wide Open over five furlongs.

There is little doubt that the trip was too short for her, so it was a fine turn in the circumstances. Off the same mark now, she ought to take a bit of stopping under the talented young apprentice Tom Madden.

In Ostatnia's race, Araner is one of two Dermot Weld runners tipped to get off the mark at the Mallow track.

Third on its debut at the track over six furlongs a year ago, the Kyllachy colt showed pace aplenty when nosed out at Navan over five furlongs on its only subsequent start in May. Pat Smullen's mount is in over the minimum trip again now and sports first-time blinkers, so he could prove hard to catch.

Tadaany is the other one of Weld's that is fancied in the seven-furlong maiden for three-year-olds. Hamdan Al Maktoum's Acclamation colt ran a lovely race to finish fourth on its only previous outing at Galway in September, and the second and third have since come out and won to give the form a solid look.

Tadaany is dropping slightly in trip from an extended mile, but his experience at Galway will stand to him.

Weld's Sidra will doubtless be popular in the concluding maiden for the Classic generation over a mile, having finished a respectable fourth on her only 2014 outing at the Curragh.

However, preferred in that is John Oxx's Xebec, which filled the same berth on its track bow behind Weld's Radanpour at Tipperary 11 days ago.

The first three home there all look useful and the quartet drew a long way clear of the remainder. Xebec raced close to the pace all the way and never wilted under Declan McDonogh, so he could be the one to keep on side now that he has the benefit of the outing.

In the €24,000 seven-furlong handicap, Ken Condon's top-weighted track winner Bold Thady Quill can build on his recent course and distance second in Listed company for Shane Foley.

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