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Sherika can edge Enright towards record

Runaway conditional jockeys' championship leader Mark Enright heads for Cork this evening with 35 winners already to his name, just two shy of the record that Bryan Cooper set en route to the title in 2011.

Both riders are based with Dessie Hughes. Regardless of whether Enright tops Cooper's tally by the end of the week, it is a testament to Hughes' influence and firepower that he continues to produce such prolific young jockeys.

Sherika is probably the pick of the three booked rides for Enright – a native of Castlemahon in Co Limerick who also rides with plenty success on the Flat. Grainne O'Connor's mare comes here in good heart, having won twice and been placed twice in her last five starts.

When third to Miss Xian over three miles at Naas in February, Sherika had two subsequent winners behind, while the runner-up Acapulco also won since. The handicapper has put her up a pound for that, meaning that she has now gone up 24lbs since November.

Still, it's fair to say she deserves that hike, and the slight drop in trip for this two-and-a-half-mile novices' handicap will be to her advantage. With 21 runners, it is an open-looking contest, and recent winners Lughnasa and Tipped Up Harry are among a bunch of others that should put it up to the selection.

Barry Geraghty could take the two following races on Lurcher and Ted Dolly. A ready Lingfield bumper winner, Lurcher ran out at Tramore on its hurdle bow for Eoin Doyle, but he is a horse with a touch of class that should find Cork's more orthodox circuit less trying.

The penultimate handicap hurdle that Ted Dolly tackles is a competitive affair. While Eddie Hales' charge has only been running adequately of late, he is a dual course winner that has dropped to a mark just two pounds higher than when he scored here last August.

Davy Russell and Ruby Walsh are both on duty at the Mallow venue, with Walsh fancied to cut the reigning champion's nine-strong title lead by one on Turban in the opening beginners' chase. Willie Mullins' six-year-old isn't the most resolute, but his class should win out here.

Irish Independent