Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Cork National not a Bridge too far for Fisher

Barry Geraghty takes the ride on Fisher Bridge at Cork

Timeform provide you with three bets from the high-class card at Cork on Sunday...

The Cork Grand National (15:25) looks like a typically-competitive affair but Fisher Bridge, who plundered the Ulster Cesarewitch last time, narrowly gets the vote...

Our first bet runs in the three-mile Grade 3 hurdle (13:40) as we side with Lots of Memories. A useful bumper performer, Lots of Memories has made a promising start to life over hurdles, winning a novice either side of two runner-up efforts, and he could yet have more to offer in this sphere. Lots of Memories found the reopposing Indevan too strong at Limerick last month (21f) but Indevan had the run of the race on that occasion, dictating matters at the head of affairs, and the extra emphasis on stamina could sway things in the favour of Lots of Memories. 

Felix Yonger (14:50) progressed well over hurdles in 2011/12, notably finishing second to Simonsig in the Neptune Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, and he made a good return from an absence to win on his chasing debut in May, cosily beating White Star Line. Felix Yonger jumped soundly in the main, which is clearly encouraging for his prospects in this sphere, and he remains open to plenty of improvement. He should be capable of taking this en route to better things.

The Cork Grand National (15:25) looks like a typically-competitive affair but Fisher Bridge, who plundered the Ulster Cesarewitch last time, narrowly gets the vote. Fisher Bridge had been on a long losing run prior to scoring on the Flat at Down Royal, but he had been running creditably over fences before that and there is little reason to suspect that he won't return from a short break in good heart. This marathon trip is a question mark but he looks overpriced and is worth chancing.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at Cork

Back Lots of Memories in the 13:40
Back Felix Yonger in the 14:50
Back Fisher Bridge in the 15:25

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