Irish horse racing best bets – Thursday tips for Cork over the sticks

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Thursday tips for Cork’s meeting over the sticks

There’s more jumps racing action going to post in Ireland on Thursday and we’ve picked out our Thursday tips for Cork’s meeting over the sticks.

Irish racing continues on Thursday although just one meeting heads to post over the sticks where Cork are racing with an all-hurdles card. Unlike previous days the professional jockeys are back in action following Wednesday’s point-to-point fixture and eight races in all head to post.

We’ve looked over the card to pick out our Thursday tips for Cork over the sticks.


2:00 Cork – Follow @corkracecourse Fillies Maiden Hurdle (4yo) 2m

Useful on the flat for Richard Fahey, FRATERNITY wasn’t completely unfancied on her hurdles debut for Tom Mullins although the Zoffany filly spoilt any chance she had by pulling hard and racing too keenly for her own good.

That perhaps helped to explain a sloppy round of jumping where she was far from fluent over her obstacles and she weakened out of contention once headed to finish fifth and beaten around twelve lengths behind M C Muldoon who looked a useful prospect.

However she could do better with that experience under her belt and likely to improve she could prove a different proposition now in a race that looks winnable and assuming she settles and jumps better this time around then she could go well.

3:30 Cork – Maiden Hurdle (Div II) (4yo+) 2m4f

JAMES FORT has looked steadily progressive over hurdles, running better than the bare result in starts at Thurles and Naas before chasing home Coach Carter latest at Punchestown back at the beginning of this month.

Michael Kennedy’s charge appeared unable to match the eventual winner for speed having got upsides earlier in the straight but he couldn’t sustain his effort to the line; this longer trip though could suit the Fame And Glory gelding and open to further improvement he ought to be in the mix.

Thursday tips for Cork. Paul Townend can get amongst the winners.

Thursday tips for Cork. Paul Townend can get amongst the winners.

4:05 Cork – Fermoy Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-95) 2m4f

BALKOS has proven a bit inconsistent thus far over hurdles but the Balko gelding showed up well in a first-time tongue-tie at Thurles earlier in the month in the wake of five months off the track and he could be capable of going one better.

Donal Hassett’s charge had the reopposing Arizona Flyer behind on that occasion and while that outing came at the minimum trip he’ll have no problem stepping back up in distance having finished third over the distance at Punchestown last January.

This mark is likely to remain workable and he’s still only a six-year old with eight runs under his belt so there could be improvement to come, while the booking of Paul Townend for this outing catches the eye so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close.

4:35 Cork – Mallow Handicap Hurdle (5yo+) 3m

KELLYISCOOL looked a potentially useful sort earlier in his career, making the frame in each of his first five starts for Richard Burns prior to joining Charles Byrnes; but following a promising debut for that yard he went the wrong way and subsequently moved to Sam Curling.

The Scorpion gelding was entitled to have needed his first run for his current yard at Fairyhouse in February on the back of more than two years off; but he ran well for fifth in first-time cheekpieces and improved for the run latest to go down by less than one length behind Whirling Dervish at Thurles earlier this month.

He was run down close home that day but the front two were around eight lengths’ clear of the rest and a 3lbs rise remains workable assuming he can settle a bit better than he did last time where his tendency to overrace possibly cost him in the closing stages.

If he can build on that outing he remains with the potential for better and he ought to make his presence felt.

5:05 Cork – Blackwater (Q.R.) Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-109) 2m4f

HILLTOP SUPREME is thriving in 2021, winning his last three starts over hurdles and David Fitzgerald’s charge could strike again.

The Mr Dinos gelding has rewarded this column the last twice with wins when tipped, scoring the latest of them in fine style at Clonmel earlier in the month where he won a shade comfortably over Added Bonus and Crack On Corrie despite the short margins of victory involved.

That form is fair and while he has another 6lbs to contend with this time around he does at least have the services of a 7lbs claimer to help ease his burden at the weights in this amateur riders’ contest.

He’s a dual-winner at this distance and he should continue to give a good account of himself so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him in the mix again.