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Preview: Cork's Friday action

Updated: Thursday, 23 May 2013 16:13 | Comments

Rugby Walsh is back in the plate aboard The Crafty Butcher
Rugby Walsh is back in the plate aboard The Crafty Butcher

A seven-race jumps card takes place at Cork on Friday evening featuring the Father's Day Racing June 16th Handicap Hurdle.

Ruby Walsh is reacquainted with The Crafty Butcher and there is sure to be plenty of support for the in-form six-year-old, but this is highly competitive with any number holding chances.

Impressive recent Killarney winner Irish Soul rates an obvious contender if showing the same level of form, while the likes of Sligo Publican and Brian Who boast solid claims, with top-weight Mister Benedictine more than capable if bouncing back to form, too.

Racing gets under way at 5.35 with the Corkracecourse.ie Maiden Hurdle, in which Spot Fine bids to atone for a poor effort when sent off a short-priced favourite at Clonmel back in March.

He has been given plenty of time to bounce back, but Aonvarr and Shamar were both comfortably held latest and seemingly need to take their form to another level in order to trouble him.

The Friday Evening Racing Hurdle looks a decent renewal, with Shadow Catcher the obvious choice on his Country Hurdle fourth, but he was a long way below his best at Fairyhouse subsequently and will need to be back on song against the classy Moon Dice, a real good-ground horse who should appreciate returning to timber.

The Like Us On Facebook Handicap Hurdle is another tricky race for punters to unravel, but the decent ground should suit Drop Anchor and he remains relatively lightly-raced for one his age, suggesting there might be a race or two to be won with him this summer.

Another big field has been declared for the Social Package Flat Race and the one who catches the eye is Flags Pass who made such a promising debut when second here in March. His subsequent Punchestown offering was disappointing but he isn't one to give up on just yet. 

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