17:45 Cork

UNCLE HENRY put in an encouraging performance when finishing third on his hurdles debut at Gowran Park last month and he could take plenty of beating today with that experience under his belt. Jerandme was successful in both of his starts in bumpers and he is an obvious threat to the selection, while Sometimes A Fox and Thomas O'Malley are others to consider.
Prediction : 1st Uncle Henry 2nd Jerandme 3rd Sometimes A Fox

18:15 Cork

TURBO proved that his bumper victory was no fluke by chasing home an above-average rival, who has won again since, on his hurdles debut at Downpatrick last month. If he can run to that level or better then he can get off the mark over obstacles this evening. Bensachuine has made the frame at this level in the past and can do so once again, while Weekend Offender is an interesting recruit from the Flat.
Prediction : 1st Turbo 2nd Bensachuine 3rd Weekend Offender

18:45 Cork

I'M SERIOUS has hit the crossbar on multiple occasions so far in 2018 and he has been found an ideal opportunity to earn his first victory this evening. Ejayteekay won at Down Royal two starts ago and her effort at the same venue last time out was too bad to be true. Slainte And Thanks is another who may bounce back from a moderate effort last time out and take a hand in the finish.
Prediction : 1st Im Serious 2nd Ejayteekay 3rd Slainte And Thanks

19:20 Cork

CALIPTION made an encouraging return to hurdles when finishing third at Wexford a week ago and he is arguably the one to beat this evening. Cooldine Bog was a place behind the selection on that occasion and he may repeat that today, while Glocca Mora should also be in the mix. Others to consider in an open race are Ask Harry, Shetland Bus and Varkhann.
Prediction : 1st Caliption 2nd Cooldine Bog 3rd Glocca Mora

19:50 Cork

ARCTIC FIRE, for whom retirement was mooted, makes a surprise stable debut for Denis Cullen and the former County Hurdle winner and Champion Hurdle runner-up should be too good for his rivals if retaining even just 80% of his old zest. In addition, he is rated 22lb clear of his closest rivals on official figures. Good Thyne Tara routed the opposition at Ballinrobe last time, finishing 16 lengths clear of his nearest rival, and Willie Mullins' eight-year-old appears a hurdler on the up, while Down Royal second Flaxen Flare and useful chaser Woodland Opera are others to note, with the latter making an interesting switch back to timber.
Prediction : 1st Arctic Fire 2nd Good Thyne Tara 3rd Woodland Opera

20:20 Cork

MILL QUEST scored well last time over three miles at Limerick and having scored here in the past there is plenty of optimism that he could be capable of following up from 7lb higher in the handicap. Trans Wood is another to notch a recent victory and was staying on well that day, so could be capable of handling a fair 6lb rise. Killarney maiden winner Citizen Al has to be respected on her handicap bow.
Prediction : 1st Mill Quest 2nd Citizen Al 3rd Shadows Return

20:55 Cork

KOROLEVA was well held last time when making her reappearance following 275 days off the track, but can build on that here to get back to something like her debut showing when second, beaten only a neck, by Optical Confusion. Point Break wears cheekpieces for the first time and the consistent performer hasn't been disgraced since joining his new handler. Ringleader was respected in the market on debut but will need to improve now to take a leading role, with Eloping the likely up-and-coming mare in the field following her fourth at Wexford on debut.
Prediction : 1st Koroleva 2nd Point Break 3rd Eloping

13/07/2018 Cork Acca