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Thursday 21 November 2019

Articulum points way to victory

Articulum
Articulum

There is a lot of good racing in Ireland tomorrow and it is in interesting to see Terence O'Brien start ARTICULUM (4.50, Cork), off in the coopsuperstores.ie Handicap Chase.

The talented nine-year-old was third in the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival last March before failing to fire back at the Punchestown Festival.

The inclusion of Doctor Phoenix means that Articulum is just a pound off top weight but he should relish the ground conditions in Mallow and could prove to have too much class in this handicap company, even conceding weight to over nine rivals.

Other runners of interest on the Cork card are recent winners ZOLA (2.35, Cork) and THE LITTLE YANK (5.25, Cork).

Zola won well at Sligo in August and took a maiden hurdle at Listowel last month, pointing towards her claiming a hat-trick here.

John Ryan was full of high praise for The Little Yank last time out and that faith can be justified in the winner's bumper here.

Naas stage the final of the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Race Final worth €120,000 and MISS MYERS (2.55, Naas) can make it a profitable week for Tom Mullins.

The trainer suggested the daughter of Zoffany could be a pattern-class filly next season and, if that is the case, she could take beating on ground she seems to relish.

Matthew Smith's first two-year-old winner FLAMING MOON (2.20, Naas) can win the Birdcatcher, while LOVEISTHEHIGHERLAW (4.00, Naas) should maintain her unbeaten record.

Cork tomorrow

2.05 Lady Of Elysium

2.35 Zola

3.10 Flooring Porter

3.40 Coral Blue

4.15 Dream Conti

4.50 Articulum

5.25 The Little Yank

Naas tomorrow

1.15 Johan Zoffani

1.45 Allez Allez Allez

2.20 Flaming Moon

2.55 Miss Myers

3.30 Trethias

4.00 Loveisthehigherlaw

4.35 Lady In Lavender

5.10 Karawaan

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