Weld's Tranchee can open his account at Cork
This weekend will mark a new dawn at the Curragh Racecourse as Classic racing returns to the new-look swanky venue.
Whether it is the new surroundings of Ireland's flagship track or just a coincidence remains to be seen but with the names of the English-trained runners pencilled in to tackle Aidan O'Brien in the Guineas on both Saturday and Sunday, it certainly looks like the big prizes at the Kildare track hold plenty of appeal.
Newmarket's 2,000 Guineas hero Magna Grecia will bid to do the double but more relevant to the action in front of us today, the Dermot Weld-trained TRANCHEE (7.05, Cork) is aiming to open his account, having been third on debut to Magna Grecia.
Had things been slightly different, and if Weld had managed to get an earlier run into this Moyglare-owned colt, maybe he would have been Guineas bound, but the way the Rosewell House team are operating at the moment it would be hard to pick against Tranchee under Conor Orr.
Weld has put a lot of faith into the apprentice jockey, who is just a few winners away from losing his claim, but his 3lb allowance might prove the difference on AZWAH (6.35, Cork).
We've less to go on here as the formbook would suggest there is no real start among those that have run so the eye is drawn to this Weld newcomer and the John Oxx-trained Highland Dress. Azwah is a well-bred sort and can land the maiden on Cork's new seven-furlong straight track today.
We start the card with a two-year-old maiden over the minimum trip and MOUNT FUJI (5.35, Cork) would be a rather tentative choice here for Aidan O'Brien.
A more confident selection on the card would be his stable companion NATIONAL GUARD (6.05, Cork), who should appreciate the return to a quick surface in the Matchbook Low Commission Exchange Rated Race.
Foxtrot Liv is another entry for the Curragh this weekend and she could take her chance in the fillies edition.
Trainer Ger Lyons runs HELIAC (8.35, Cork) in the finale who was fourth to Foxtrot Liv last season and then a creditable second in a Leopardstown maiden. That is solid enough looking form.
Fresh from his notable success in France at the weekend, Paul Townend is back in action at Wexford for the afternoon meeting where the champion jockey has obvious chances.
For his boss, Willie Mullins, Townend can be expected to win on GREAT WHITE SHARK (3.05, Wexford) and PONT AVEN (4.10, Wexford), while in the opening race he rides for Willie's brother, Tom.
BIG TREE (2.05, Wexford) must be doing things well at home to come on the radar of the rider and deserves to be followed in a modest race.
Gordon Elliott has been fairly busy sending out winners this month and KASHMIR WILDE (5.10, Wexford) should be worth waiting for.
2.05 Big Tree
2.35 Simple Steps
3.05 Great White Shark
3.40 Soul Season
4.10 Pont Aven
4.40 Barna Venture
5.10 Kashmir Wilde
5.35 Mount Fuji
6.05 National Guard
7.35 Dreamboat Dave
8.05 Royal Admiral