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Updated: Friday, 18 Apr 2014 14:26 | Comments

Cork racing gets under way at 2.25 on Saturday
Cork racing gets under way at 2.25 on Saturday

Aidan O'Brien will saddle his first juvenile runner of 2014 when The Warrior begins his career in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (2.25) at Cork.

The son of Exceed And Excel is a brother to Jane Chapple-Hyam's former smart youngster Klammer, as well as a half-brother to a Grade One winner in the States.

The Dermot Weld-trained Araner had a six-figure price-tag at Goffs last year and is another interesting newcomer, although they must concede experience to Jim Bolger's Alertness, who was fourth when favourite for the first race of the turf season at the Curragh but is expected to come forward significantly.

David Wachman has a couple of promising once-raced three-year-olds to go to war with, namely Tango Time and Supposing.

The former started her career with a pleasing second to Iveagh Gardens at the Curragh in testing conditions and may not even have to improve from that to go one better in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

Supposing was sent to Naas last summer for her first taste of competitive action and her third on that occasion marked her out as a surefire future winner, with the Best Dressed Lady & Gent Maiden her first port of call this campaign.

Thrilled To Bits beat Danehill Brook and Persian Caliph here just under a fortnight ago and attempts to confirm his superiority in the Mallow Town Summer BBQ Evening July 11th Handicap, but comes up against some unexposed opponents.

Fly To The Moon scored with plenty up her sleeve at the Curragh, while Focus On Venice was last seen in the Railway Stakes, and Irish 2,000 Guineas entry Gold Peregrine beat all bar the exciting Great White Eagle on his most recent appearance.

Little separated Defining Year, Chapter Seven and Smoker when they finished on the heels of the placegetters in the Irish Lincolnshire, and rivalries are renewed in the Friday Evening Racing Handicap.

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