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Thursday 16 August 2018

Field in Bloom for Cork test

Bloomfield
Bloomfield

Willie McCreery's talented filly Bloomfield (3.00 Cork) is picked to go one better in the Group Three Give Thanks Stakes on a good Cork card today.

The four-year-old will have to fend off some younger rivals in the feature contest at Mallow and also become the first four-year-old to win the race since Sapphire in 2012.

Bloomfield is a course and distance winner at Cork and if the track is to get the rain that is forecast this afternoon it certainly won't do her claims any harm at all.

Just two three-year-olds contest this years race and Mick Halford's Kalaxana is a clear improver and warrants her place in this sort of company. Bloomfield, however, is a tough nut at this stage and she can land the spoils on this occasion having gone down to Dermot Weld's Eziyra last year.

Chance

Herald columnist Declan McDonogh would hold a strong chance in the Goffs Platinum Stakes but a chance is taken on the versatile On The Go Again (2.25) for the Mulvany family.

The five-year-old missed the cut for the Galway Hurdle and was then third in the consolation race last weekend but he has been a great servant for connections and is the highest rated runner in this field. Softer ground would be ideal but he has proved his versatility in the past.

Eddie Lynam's Soffia (3.35 Cork) was a bit outclassed when stepping up in grade at Naas last time out but back in a fillies' handicap today might see her yield further success.

Donnacha and Aidan O'Brien could be set for an opening race double thanks to Zagitova (1.15 Cork) and Mount Everest (1.50 Cork) in the maidens.

Notable

There is also racing at Kilbeggan this evening where Enda Bolger and Daragh O'Keeffe could be worth following with Joly Maker (6.25 Kilbeggan) and William Du Berlais (7.55 Kilbeggan) standing out. Woodland Opera (5.55 Kilbeggan) is a notable runner too.

Cork today

1.15 Zagitova

1.50 Mount Everest

2.25 On The Go Again

3.00 Bloomfield

3.35 Soffia

4.10 Ishebayorgrey

4.40 Roman Gal

Kilbeggan today

5.20 Kolumbus

5.55 Woodland Opera

6.25 Joly Maker

6.55 Global Jackpot

7.25 Niven

7.55 William Du Berlais

8.25 Presenting Leah

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