Paul Ferguson has two selections for us at Cork on Sunday; First Lieutenant 4.30 and King Vuvuzela 2.20 Compare odds.
An exhilarating performance from Frankel once again lit up Ascot yesterday afternoon and his victory in the QEII rather encapsulated the Flat season as a whole, which has been totally dominated by his brilliance.
Another fall out from the inaugural British Champions Day was the whip ban received by Christophe Soumillon, after the Belgian had won the Qipco Champion Stakes aboard French raider Cirrus Des Aigles.
The jockey made some fine points on interviews with both ATR and RUK afterwards and it was most interesting to hear the opinion of an ‘outsider’ looking in.
Anyway, onwards and upwards with this afternoon’s action and the pick of four cards in Britain and Ireland comes from Cork, where First Lieutenant (4:30) can make it two from two over fences in the 2m4f novice chase.
Last season’s Cheltenham Festival winner made a winning debut at Tipperary a fortnight ago and, with that initial experience under his belt, he should be difficult to beat under optimum conditions.
Oscar Dan Dan is another high-class hurdler and his participation should ensure the selection isn’t sent off too short; Mouse Morris’s six-year-old opened up at 4/5 on Saturday evening.
Earlier on the card King Vuvuzela (2:20) is worth supporting in the opening maiden hurdle for Paul Nolan and Alain Cawley.
The son of Flemensfirth looked a horse to follow when winning a bumper on his racecourse debut at the Punchestown Festival in May and, though he lacks previous hurdling experience, the four-year-old is taken to score at the first time of asking.
2:20 Cork: King Vuvuzela
4:30 Cork: First Lieutenant
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- BENSALEM won Stewart Family Handicap 5-1
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- FIRST LIEUTENANT won Neptune Investment 7-1
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- JAMES DE VASSY won Lanzarote Hurdle 8-1
- LONG RUN won King George 9-2, Gold Cup 7-2
- OSCAR WHISKY won Aintree Hurdle 6-1
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