Atzeni booked for Cork challenge

first_imgAggression appears to be the headline act at Cork as Qatar Racing’s retained rider Andrea Atzeni makes the trip to partner him in the Friday BBQ Evenings Handicap. Eisenhower will try to improve on his debut fourth in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. He holds an Irish 2,000 Guineas entry so clearly shows a little something at home, but Dermot Weld’s Araner and O’Callaghan’s Knoxville Bullet, who was behind Aggression last time, can put up stiff opposition. Weld and O’Brien also provide two of the leading protagonists in the Ticket Sales Online At Maiden with Tadaany going for the Rosewell House handler and Father Frost representing the Ballydoyle team. John Oxx is also double-handed with both Foolish and Frozen Lake in the mix. O’Brien has a pair of runners in the concluding Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, with Joseph riding Siege Of Orleans and his brother Donnacha on Cradle Mountain. They again have a Weld runner to contend with in the Aga Khan’s Sidra. Bold Thady Quill hit the bar at Listed level on his seasonal reappearance at this track and looks the class act in the Great Value Social Package Handicap. Ado McGuinness’s consistent Bubbly Bellini also lines up on the back of a win at the Curragh on the opening day of the season, while Nini Ok won at Dundalk earlier in the year. Greyscape will try to make it third-time lucky in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden. Winner of his sole juvenile start for Michael O’Callaghan last December, the three-year-old Marju colt was subsequently purchased by Qatar Racing and now lines up under top weight in this six-furlong affair. Five Claw, a winner at Dundalk in February for Michael Halford, looks another leading contender, while Kevin Prendergast’s all-weather winner Sharaasa will likely have her fans. center_img Press Associationlast_img

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