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Preview & selections for Cork card

Updated: Thursday, 09 May 2013 14:43 | Comments

Aidan & Joseph O'Brien team up with Parliament Square in the opener
Aidan & Joseph O'Brien team up with Parliament Square in the opener

The five-furlong sprints may have fallen foul of the weather but there is still a six-event fixture for racegoers at Cork to look forward to on Friday.

The action begins at 5.35 with the Corkracecourse.ie Race, in which Parliament Square makes his return to action.

Aidan O'Brien's colt wasn't far off the very best juveniles last term, picking up a Tipperary Listed prize, as well as making the frame in the Prix Morny and finishing fifth in the Middle Park.

He gets weight from Cape Of Approval and Sruchan, so probably has most to fear from fellow three-year-old Bracing Breeze, who signed off her first campaign with a decisive Dundalk success.

Her stable companion Ghaamer has hit the crossbar both times he has set foot on a racecourse and is expected to go one better in the Follow Us On Facebook (C & G) Maiden.

Dermot Weld's charge was caught in the dying strides of his Gowran Park comeback so dropping back slightly in distance is in his favour.

The Paul Deegan-trained Bint Nayef is another who deserves to get her head in front after a couple of seconds but she comes across Ballydoyle's Leopardstown runner-up Say in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden.

Weld launches two arrows at the Follow At corkracecourse On Twitter Handicap, with Pat Smullen on the blinkered-first-time Diplomat.

Should the headgear fail to have the desired effect, the most likely beneficiary is John Walsh's in-form gelding The Four Elms, although Placere enjoyed a profitable summer in 2012 and was last seen finish an honourable sixth in the Irish Cesarewitch.

The Social Package Handicap has been divided and September Lily attempts to end a string of costly defeats in division one, while the second instalment sees Vasoni and Cookie Crumbles both having their second outings of the week.

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