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Plenty of these in here look likely to be suited by a longer trip than this 6f, but Jessica Harrington’s charge will probably appreciate this drop down from the 7f he finished 2020 off over. While she was winless as a juvenile, she placed over this distance on three occasions, including behind subsequent Group-class performers, while Colfer Kay, who was a head in front of the filly when they met in September won a handicap off 82 next time. An opening handicap mark of 74 looks more than fair, and with the Harrington string in fine fettle, a chance is taken that she’ll go well first time out.


A couple of those in this Nursery took backwards steps on their latest starts, but Jim Bolger’s filly put up a career best when dropped into handicap company last time out. Had she kept to a straight line in the final furlong, she may well have got closer than the length third that she returned from the Curragh with. That effort has seen her nudged up 2lb in the handicap, but there’s no reason she can’t go well again. Handicap debutant Que Linda could be the big danger, with Mickey Sheehy’s 5lb claim potentially coming in very handy.


While her form figures aren’t exactly encouraging, Ellabella’s last four runs over this sort of trip have been better than the bare result. She’s finished within 4l of the winner on each of those outings and continues to see her handicap mark plummet. Andrew McNamara’s filly is now 4lb below the figure she was beaten just a head off at Dundalk at the start of the year, so looks particularly well treated. She wasn’t helped by a wide draw at Roscommon last time, and while she’s on a wing again here today, there’s a chance her falling mark might negate that effect.

Drummond Warrior

Sorcha Woods has built up a good relationship with the Keith Watson team since switching to the flat at the start of the year, bagging her first winner for the yard in May. She’s teamed up with Drummond Warrior for some decent performances since, including when third at Leopardstown off a mark 2lbs higher than he runs from today. Last time out at the Curragh, the son of Zoffany was unable to show the required speed to go with his rivals when the pace quickened late on, but back over 7f with another couple of pounds off his back, he might just add a fourth winner to the Woods-Watson tally.

About Cork Racecourse

Cork Mallow Racecourse is situated close to where the very first steeplechase reportedly took place back in 1752. Not only does the venue host a number of Graded National Hunt events, but is also the home to two Group 3 contests on the flat.

Over the obstacles, the Hilly Way Chase has potentially the most prestigious roll call with the likes of Beef or Salmon, Un De Sceaux and Douvan landing the race in the past 20 years.

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