Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 26 April 2018

Point-to-point

Richard Pugh

A 100-year wait will end this afternoon when the new course of Curraheen is unveiled by the Muskerry Hunt at Cork Showgrounds.

While Cork-Waterford has been the home of point-to-point horse racing since its inception in 1752, it has been approximately a century since there was last racing in Cork city.

The first race is off at noon – this meeting marks the beginning of the Cork- Waterford season, which will finish in Kinsale on the June Bank Holiday weekend.

In the Open, Eugene O'Sullivan will be hoping that last week's unlucky last-fence faller The Hollinwell can make amends here under his son Eoin.

Joey Casey has his team in good form and perhaps the three-times runner-up Bluebell Walk can gain the reward her consistency deserves in the mares' maiden.

Louis Archdeacon saddles Sangram in the concluding maiden and he should take this older maiden, which is light on entries.

The Roscommon committee have lost out to the weather for two seasons now, so they will be pleased to get a clear run this weekend.

William Ross has last Sunday's Tattersalls third Ben Of Fore in the Confined Hunt race and he should be the one to beat. David Christie's Slippers Percy is always a selection in an Open such is his authority at this level.

The Sean Osborne-trained Why Ask Me has some decent point-to-point and bumper form and comes here fresh, so she could take the mares' maiden, while the three- times runner-up Follow The Moon seems to have found an opportunity in the concluding older maiden.

At Grennan tomorrow, Backstage may take the Open following up on his Tattersalls success last Sunday.

Philip Rothwell's horses are in good form and Thornhill Flyer, which was third on his debut, could step up to score.

Kevin O'Donnell could go close at his local meeting with Colgrave Sound, which ran well at Cregg on his points debut, having had track form previously.

NUMBER OF THE WEEK

1 The Muskerry Hunt is the first Cork- Waterford meeting of this season and the first time there has been in a point-to-point in Cork city as they unveil Curraheen this afternoon at the Cork Showgrounds.

HORSE TO FOLLOW

Stowaway Shark looked most impressive in winning the four-year-old maiden at Lemonfield last Sunday and has the makings of a high-class chaser in time.

WEEKEND SELECTION

Slippers Percy is a class apart in Opens at present and is considered banker material at Roscommon tomorrow.

WEEKEND FIXTURES

TODAY

Muskerry at Curraheen 12.0

TOMORROW

Roscommon at Rockfield 12.0

Kilkenny at Grennan 12.0

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