Joseph O’Brien has done a great job with Linger, who runs in the 2m 4f handicap hurdle at 15.40. He’s been placed to great effect all season and was a dual winner at the Galway Festival during the Summer.
He switched back to the Flat last week at the Curragh in the Cesarewitch and finished sixth behind run-away winner Royal Illusion.
They claim off him on Sunday as he’s due to carry top weight and looks well handicapped to me.
He can collect again.
Gigginstown House Stud horses have been dominating beginners chases recently and that run can continue at Cork in the the 2m 4f beginners Chase at 16.15. Noel Meade’s Dream Conti looks the pick on his chase debut.
The eature race on the card is the 2m 1f handicap chase at 16.50 and it looks really competitive. Articulum competed at a very high level as a novice last season and could be well treated on his handicap debut. He hasn’t run since being pulled up in the Champion Novices Chase behind Delta Work at Punchestown, where something may have gone wrong.
His jockey Philip Enright is in great form and Cork trainer Terence O’Brien’s runner should go close, if back to his best.
There’s a 2m 3f winners’ bumper at 17.25 to close the card that features a couple of likely contenders.
You can get sucked into backing the maidens in these races because of the allowances they get for not having gotten the head in front just yet.
Those who have won a race carry a penalty, but in general, they also tend to win them.
For that reason, I like The Little Yank who was very impressive at Tipperary when winning over 2m earlier this month.
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