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Thursday 14 November 2019

Lethal Peregrine Run to swoop on rivals at Cork

Peregrine Run and Kevin Sexton sail over the last at Punchestown last month
Peregrine Run and Kevin Sexton sail over the last at Punchestown last month

Peregrine Run (7.50, Cork) has become something of a staple of this summer and Peter Fahey looks to have found another good opportunity.

With a win record of over 40 per cent, the nine-year-old has proved a fantastic servant for connections and following another recent win over fences, Fahey has opted to revert to hurdles with his stable star.

The Gina & The Champions Play After Racing Hurdle has attracted a decent field for the €20,000 on offer with Doctor Duffy also in the winning groove at the moment.

Rashaan, Woodland Opera and Great Trango offer depth to the race but with his ideal fast ground at Cork later it would be difficult to see the rejuvenated Peregrine Run overturned here.

Galway is most certainly on his agenda you would imagine and the Kildare-based trainer even mentioned his more favourable hurdle rating following the Wexford win so he could be a horse to follow in this sphere in the coming weeks.

There could be an interesting story in the final race of the day as Colm Murphy sends out his first runner since returning to the training ranks.

The multiple Grade One and Cheltenham Festival winning trainer who oversaw the likes of Big Zeb and Brave Inca during his first stint training, has decided to take out his licence for a second time and runs GLENDRUID (8.55, Cork) in the last.

The well bred five-year-old carries the colours of Paul McKeon who won a Champion Bumper with Relegate last year and is a tentative choice in an open looking race.

Jessica Harrington has been operating to an incredible strike rate with her Flat runners in recent weeks and DANDJIRA (5.40, Cork) can oblige for the trainer in the opening Clubs Fundraiser Night Maiden Hurdle.

Fightfortheroses is an obvious danger after some placed efforts but Dandjira is a filly who looks to be coming forward with experience and can cause a little upset here in the hands of Paddy Kennedy.

Racing begins with two maiden hurdles and the market can prove the best guide to the chances of TURNPIKE TRIP (6.15, Cork) in the second.

A hurdling debutant for the Charles Byrnes yard with Davy Russell booked to ride certainly catches the eye.

Willie Mullins and his relatively new stable jockey Paul Townend can then team up to win the Finbarr Quaid Electrical Maiden Hurdle over three miles.

SAVINA (7.20, Cork) was a bumper winner on his debut for the champion trainer and connections obviously feel the extended trip will suit the daughter of Milan who doesn't need to be a star to land the honours here.

Waterford-based trainer Roger McGrath can land a second win a month with SOMETHING SWEET (8.25, Cork) in the penultimate race.

Sean O'Keeffe is a valuable 7lbs claimer and he retains the rider on this Clonmel victor.

CORK TODAY

5.40 Dandjira

6.15 Turnpike Trip

6.45 Cappacon

7.20 Savina

7.50 Peregrine Run

8.25 Something Sweet

8.55 Glendruid

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