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Monday 19 November 2018

Elliott's Sometimes A Fox set to outsmart all-comers in Mallow

Tipped: Sometimes A Fox, ridden by Jack Kennedy, in action at Fairyhouse last December
Tipped: Sometimes A Fox, ridden by Jack Kennedy, in action at Fairyhouse last December

Normal order could most certainly be resumed at Cork this evening with both Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins likely to be among the winners in Mallow.

Gordon Elliott wouldn't have spent too long reflecting on the Punchestown Festival last week as he looked ahead to starting a new season and aiming to rise to the challenge of toppling Willie Mullins 12 months from now and after already notching a winner at Kilbeggan on Monday, Elliott can double his tally in the opening maiden hurdle today with SOMETIMES A FOX.

Experience

Unless some of the newcomers can stamp their authority on the maiden hurdle for four-year-olds Sometimes A Fox would look a good starting point for punters with plenty of experience on his side and a proven ability to handle heavy ground.

In the following mares maiden hurdle Mullins will give an Irish debut to the five-year-old PAKORA who is a two-time winner in France.

Pakora is a well related sort and although off the track for almost two years, she can be expected to be well primed to start off here for new connections.

The most valuable race down for decision this evening is the Mallow Handicap Hurdle and a chance is taken here with Denis Hogan's JACK THE WIRE.

The eight-year-old was priced up at odds of 16/1 last night.

He has been absent from the winners enclosure for a while now but after a return outing on the flat last month, Jack The Wire returns to hurdling for the first time in a while and races off a mark just 1lb higher than when he won a better sort of race at Listowel on heavy ground and at the price he is one that stood out over recent winners Rooster Byron and Chateauneuf Du Pap who have revised ratings to contend with.

VICTORIA BAY lines up in the penultimate three mile handicap hurdle and Colin Bowe's charge did look capable of scoring again following her Fairyhouse win.

The five-year-old will step up to three miles today and that looks ideal to help her chances of winning again.

Barry O'Neill is Bowe's 'go to' jockey for the point-to-point circuit and O'Neill rides an interesting runner for Paul Nolan in the bumper.

Newcomer RONEY is fitted with a tongue-tie for her first start but she's a well related daughter of Flemensfirth with full brother, Know The Score, winning a bumper for David Pipe and running in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham so Roney is worth another look.

Cronin's Choice: Cork Today

4.45 Sometimes A Fox

5.20 Pakora

5.55 Decision Time

6.30 Jack The Wire

7.05 School Boy Hours

7.40 Victoria Bay

8.15 Roney

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