Timeform Shortlist: Cork, Sunday 4 November

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"...made it third time lucky in this sphere at Galway and possesses considerable scope as a chaser..."

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1.05 Paddy's Super Enhancements Maiden Hurdle 2m

Timeform Top Rated:
122 16. WINSTON WOLFE Darren Bunyan J. W. Kennedy
121 3. CHALLOW T. G. McCourt A. E. Lynch
107 17. ANNIE IRAYA Mark Cahill Donagh Meyler

Analyst's Verdict:
Dual French bumper winer Eclair de Beaufeu is expected to take a bit of stopping on his hurdle debut for new trainer Gordon Elliott. Challow has performed respectably on the Flat since his good third at Gowran and could be the one to chase him home. Polished Steel could leave his bumper debut run behind and is also respected for Jessie Harrington.


1.35 Paddy's Rewards Club Irish European Breeders Fund Novice Hurdle (Listed) 3m

Timeform Top Rated:
152p 6. ROBIN DE CARLOW W. P. Mullins P. Townend
147 2. PERCY VEER Eric McNamara Davy Russell
146 1. GETAREASON W. P. Mullins R. Walsh

Analyst's Verdict:
Robin de Carlow maintained her theme of race-by-race progress when landing a listed event at Limerick 3 weeks ago and, with the promise of even better to come, she is likely to prove hard to beat under similar conditions. Stablemate Getareason merits respect, but bigger threats may be posed by the unexposed Milliner and hat-trick seeker Percy Veer.


2.10 Paddy Power Celebrating 30 Years Irish European Breeders Fund Novice Chase (Grade 3) 2½m

Timeform Top Rated:
164p 3. WINTER ESCAPE Aidan Anthony Howard M. P. Walsh
159+ 1. ROBIN DES FORET W. P. Mullins R. Walsh
153 5. HIGH NELLIE Michael J. Bowe B. Hayes

Analyst's Verdict:
Formerly a useful hurdler, Winter Escape made it third time lucky in this sphere at Galway and possesses considerable scope as a chaser. The consistent Robin des Foret lost little caste in defeat in a Tipperary Grade 3 last time and is next on the list ahead of Clara Sorrento.


2.45 Paddy Power Onside App Handicap Chase 2m160y

Timeform Top Rated:
130 3. HUDSON'S BAY T. J. O'Mara Rachael Blackmore
128 6. HOLLY FLIGHT Paul O'Flynn B. Browne (5)
126 8. JUST A NORMAL DAY Mrs D. A. Love Davy Russell

Analyst's Verdict:
Just A Normal Day still looks feasibly treated from a mark of 104 over hurdles and there's no obvious reason why he should have a lower rating over the larger obstacles, so there's a good chance he can take advantage up against mostly exposed types. Leap Dearg needs respecting on the back of his win last time and Hudson's Bay looks a player.


3.15 Paddy Power Cork Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade B) 3½m

Timeform Top Rated:
161 9. VELOCITY BOY W. P. Murphy A. E. Lynch
160 14. OIGHEAR DUBH Eugene M. O'Sullivan M. A. Enright
160 4. ROGUE ANGEL Gordon Elliott J. W. Kennedy

Analyst's Verdict:
Oighear Dubh was all set to run out a convincing winner of a competitive handicap hurdle at Cheltenham last time so, having not been reassessed, this looks an obvious opportunity to gain compensation. Velocity Boy is on an appealing mark if he can build on his last run and Rogue Angel, who's not long with Gordon Elliott, still makes some appeal.


3.50 Whatoddspaddy Handicap Hurdle 2½m

Timeform Top Rated:
132 1. NEARLY NAMA'D Augustine Leahy L. P. Gilligan (7)
131 5. ARCTIC LIGHT Thomas Mullins M. P. Walsh
130§ 16. VIKING HOARD Charles Byrnes K. J. Brouder (7)

Analyst's Verdict:
A wide-open handicap in which Arctic Light is chanced after confirming himself to be still on a workable mark when runner-up here 2 weeks ago. Smithscorner, who beat the selection that day, may yet have more in the locker, while Nearly Nama'd is potentially well treated reverting to this sphere for first time since 2015/16. Cooldine Bog is another to consider.


4.25 Christmas Party Packages December 9th Mares (Pro/Am) I.N.H. Flat 2m

Timeform Top Rated:
112 3. ROYAL ILLUSION W. P. Mullins Mr P. W. Mullins
109 1. NORTHERN BELLE W. P. Mullins Mr W. J. Gleeson (7)
106 2. OWENACURRA LASS Declan Queally Mr D. L. Queally (3)

Analyst's Verdict:
This likely rests between the Mullins pair and it's probably telling that Royal Illusion is preferred by Patrick Mullins over Northern Belle having ridden both of them to success first time up.


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