Paul Ferguson has two selections at Cork for us on Monday; Mossey Joe in the 3.35 and Reafadda in the 4.35. Compare odds.
As so often is the case with Monday’s these days, the action on the domestic front isn’t too exciting, though the 1m4f maiden at Ripon doesn’t look a bad contest.
However, Cork stages the pick of the action with a really interesting jumps card for the time of year and Mossey Joe (3:35) is fancied to land the 3m www.mallow.ie Hurdle under Barry Geraghty.
The nine-year-old was last seen falling heavily behind Sir Des Champs at Punchestown in April, having previously shown smart form over fences as a novice last May.
A course-and-distance winner over hurdles as a novice in December 2010, regular readers will know I’m a big fan of this chestnut, who goes well fresh and should have too much class for today’s three rivals. He was trading at 4/5 with Paddy Power overnight.
Earlier on the card Pique Sous should have little trouble in landing the opening maiden hurdle for Willie Mullins, but the Champion Bumper third is likely to be sent off really short, so the second bet on the card is Reafadda (4:35) in the 2m3f corkracecourse.ie Maiden Hurdle (though Pique Sous would be worth backing too if the price is right).
The selection actually finished runner-up to Pique Sous in a bumper last time, having previously won a similar contest at Clonmel before finishing third to Letherbelucky on his hurdling bow at Roscommon last month.
The winner went on to run well at the Galway Festival and the selection ran a race full of promise on debut, taking up the running going well before being out-paced up the straight. Despite the slight drop in trip, he can get off the mark with nothing of Letherbelucky’s class in opposition today.
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