14:40 Cork

EASTERN VOICE has shown plenty ability in three previous runs and can win this. His form has been consistently strong and he comes here having filled third to a smart filly in a Listed race at the Curragh last month with the return to 6f also sure to suit. Plenty winners have come out of the race in which Dense Star ran well on debut in on June 8 and while Dense Star showed plenty ability then, she failed to build on that run at Navan subsequently and while her rider claims 7lbs today, might struggle to beat the selection. Helvic Princess stayed on late over 7f on debut at Roscommon last month and while she is sure to be sharper for that run, might bump into one or two too strong. Alexandra College was a E21,000 yearling purchase and is a half-sister to two winners.
Prediction : 1st Eastern Voice 2nd Helvic Princess 3rd Alexandra College

15:10 Cork

ELEUTHERA has been busy in recent times and might be able to defy top weight and win. Once rated 80, he is a dependable type whose recent form is encouraging and he comes here officially 1lbs ahead of the handicapper with Colin Keane now taking the ride. Crystal Dwan has a low rating and is clearly no star having failed to win in eight previous outings but showed promise for her new yard at Fairyhouse last month. She met some trouble in-running then and might be able to get involved today having previously shown form at 6f. Edessann has his second start for Joseph O'Brien and while he could improve from his recent reappearance run, he did fade in the closing stages when well supported and needs to show some more today. Pillar is a five-time winner who seems a little better on the all-weather and was well beaten by the selection at Naas, had previously been in good form last winter and could improve from his recent reappearance run.
Prediction : 1st Eleuthera 2nd Edessann 3rd Pillar

15:40 Cork

MOONEISTA has shown enough in her three starts to date to suggest she is up to winning at Listed level and this looks a good opportunity. She ran well on debut behind Frenetic and that quick rival also beat her in a Listed race at the Curragh last month, where Mooneista finished four lengths in front of Chief Little Hawk. Her narrow runner-up defeat at Tipperary two starts ago is also strong form with the third and fourth winning maidens next time. Chief Little Hawk showed plenty on debut and ran adequately in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot but comes here with a little to prove following his defeat behind the selection 15 days ago. Dickiedooda beat Grammata to win on debut at the Curragh but Grammata (which shaped well in that Curragh race) subsequently turned form in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and both fillies have claims, albeit Grammata now holds an edge. Petite Amie represents John Murphy and Middleham Park Racing but is best watched on debut.
Prediction : 1st Mooneista 2nd Chief Little Hawk 3rd Dickiedooda

16:10 Cork

The strength of Irish middle-distance maidens is apparent here and the pick is MONUMENT VALLEY which chased home Epsom Derby winner Serpentine, albeit at a safe distance, at the Curragh 15 days ago. Monument Valley has 1L to find with today's rivals Taramansour on a June race (the principals subsequently placed in the Irish Derby) at Leopardstown but his staying on effort subsequently behind Serpentine was encouraging and he can continue to progress. Taramansour himself then filled the runner-up spot behind another Ballydoyle runner at Fairyhouse and while in truth there may only be a length either way between the pair, Serpentine's form stand-outs. Joe Murphy's newcomer Glint Of An Eye is notable in that he is owned by John Magnier, is by Australia and while her four siblings have each shown ability, does make a somewhat belated debut today and is best watched. Lady Hanson, by Galileo, has a very strong pedigree but similarly makes a later-than-usual debut and also has no big-race entries. Strip Light showed ability in a winners' race at Dundalk 114 days ago but needs to improve.
Prediction : 1st Monument Valley 2nd Taramansour 3rd Lady Hanson

16:40 Cork

SOARING MONARCH is a hopeful choice in an open looking race. He was well held on his debut run at Leopardstown in June but the form has worked out very well (the principals subsequently placed in the Irish Derby) and then he caused a 50/1 surprise when winning over 7f (6f, 150yds) at Limerick. The step back up to a mile could suit him ideally and he is open to plenty improvement. Collaborating did well to win on debut at Gowran 25 days ago and while he should progress from that run, faces a much stiffer task from 9st8lbs today. Fame And Acclaim is a maiden but is very much proven from his rating (he finished 1L ahead of Estepona Sun at Gowran in June) and should go well at a suitable trip while Layfayette was second in a valuable Sales Final at Naas last October and could strip a little fitter for his reappearance outing.
Prediction : 1st Soaring Monarch 2nd Collaborating 3rd Fame And Acclaim

17:15 Cork

The form of EQUITANT's last run looks very strong, so he is tipped to land this good prize. He was beaten half a length into second at Leopardstown and the third, Lord Rapscallion, and fourth, Big Baby Bull, came out and won on their next starts. The winner of that Leopardstown race, Turbine, and Lord Rapscallion reoppose today, but Equitant is better off at the weights with both of them. That was a more than promising first start for Mick Halford. Bucky Larson brings compelling recent form with him. He is a work companion of Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Siskin, and is in good humour. A Dundalk handicap was snaffled in February, and he then reappeared in June to strike in a good handicap at Gowran Park. The handicapper has had his say with another 6lb added on, but this five-year-old has prospects of defying him. Tauran Shaman hasn't performed how the market expected him to on his last couple of starts. A tongue-strap is tried for this competitive race, and he has the ability to do better.
Prediction : 1st Equitant 2nd Bucky Larson 3rd Turbine

17:45 Cork

SO WONDERFUL didn't perform when a beaten favourite in a Group 3 in Leopardstown at the start of the month, but it may be best to put a line through that effort. She has plenty of solid placed form to advertise her chance of a first victory in this contest. A third to Love in the Moyglare last season was followed by another third place in the Irish 1,000 Guineas last month. She was also far from outclassed in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot which was dominated by Alpine Star. Silk Forest has the same rating of 106 as So Wonderful. She was beaten into third in a Group 2 at the Curragh in June but had previously won a Listed contest by five lengths in Naas, so merits respect. Valeria Messalina has to be of interest. She has only had three starts and has been highly tried after winning her maiden at Naas last September. She was a running on second, beaten a neck, when pitched into a Group 3 at Newmarket in October, and was unplaced off the front when next seen in the Irish 1,000 Guineas.
Prediction : 1st So Wonderful 2nd Silk Forest 3rd Valeria Messalina

12/07/2020 Cork Acca