Promising Pay The Bounty can ensure a tidy reward for Tyner
CONDITIONS at Mallow this afternoon are likely to be very testing and it should pay to side with horses that stay well.
The feature Cork National is a run-of-the-mill renewal. Three of the top four in the betting were scratched on Friday, with Noel Meade's low-weight Sigma Lifestyle probably the one to beat. However, very little sticks out at the present prices.
Meade has made an encouraging start to the campaign and his classy hurdler Muirhead will be a short price in the Grade Three novices' chase. However, the trainer has already expressed reservations about how the horse will cope if the ground gets very deep and his chase debut success was a cross between unimpressive and workmanlike.
Trainer Prunella Dobbs is also concerned about conditions for Farrington -- a recent purchase by JP McManus -- but it will be no obstacle to Pay The Bounty, which appeals at his likely price. A consistent hurdler, this ex-pointer was always likely to improve for the switch to fences and that was already apparent on his chase debut.
"We thought he might need it," confessed trainer Robert Tyner after the son of Karinga Bay won easily by three lengths in a competitive contest. His jumping was impressive and he was value for more than the winning distance.
Tyner reports that the horse has improved since that success a month ago and he has always held the horse in exalted regard. I expect him to make a bold bid today, yet he might be available at about 7/1 in the morning trading. In a seven-horse race, that would represent a good betting opportunity.
A man who rarely wagered but knew what he was doing when he did was Paddy Mullins, who passed away in a peaceful manner befitting his gracious life on Thursday morning. The founder of the Mullins dynasty, Paddy was not a journalist's dream in that he tended to mutter the bare minimum and often less.
Such was his way but when he did have a few words, they were always worthwhile and Irish racing has lost a true legend. He made the most of what he had -- which often amounted to cheaply-bought horses -- and got on with the job in his own quiet way. Whether one has an interest or not in racing, he should be seen as a role model to all.
Pay The Bounty to win at Cork, 1pt win at best morning odds
SAMPDORIA are too big a price at 5/2 to win Group I of the Europa League. Take the price before the Genoa side host Metalist Kharkiv on Thursday.
Samp did not do their chance of winning the competition any favours by losing to Kharkiv last time, but they have two of their last three matches at home. Their only game on the road is against Debrecen, a limited outfit with no points so far.
The Italians are third, three points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven. However, they face the Dutch side in Genoa and it is understandable that most bookmakers quote 6/4 about them winning the group. They should beat Kharkiv and the quartet's outcome may be effectively decided by that clash with PSV, who scrambled a late draw against Sampdoria in September.
Sampdoria to win Group I of Europa League, 1pt at 5/2 (Victor Chandler)
CROSSMAGLEN may be a little underrated ahead of their Ulster SFC semi-final outing against St Gall's this afternoon, which is live on TG4.
All-Ireland champions St Gall's face a team who have won 14 of the last 15 Armagh titles and winning at their home ground will be difficult. Cross's biggest worry is the absence of Jamie Clarke, but there should be little in it and a lay of the Antrim side is advised.
Lay St Gall's to beat Crossmaglen, 1pt at 1.8 approx (0.8pt liability, Betfair)
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