Spice gets the call

CALLING SPICE can firmly underline her claims in the McCarthy Insurance Group Oaks at Curraheen Park by taking the first of tonights semi-finals.

Last year’s Munster Oaks and Puppy Oaks winner was forced to dig deep after receiving a hefty bump at trap-rise last week and she responded to the challenge to grind out a 28.86 victory.

There was plenty to admire about the performance and Graham Holland’s classy sort can follow up at the main expense of Lady Lucielle.

A winner of five of her seven starts, Lady Lucielle was hugely impressive when making all in a fastest of the round 28.55 last week.

Fraser Black’s runner is clearly an exciting sort but this represents her most difficult task to date, a remark that also applies to 28.85 heat winner Six Joys.

Tyrur Tinkerbell, a beaten favourite behind Lady Lucielle, can bounce back to land the second semi-final. Paul Hennessy’s 11-times winner was well off the pace in the backstraight last week but finished well to get within two and a half lengths of the impressive winner.

While a trap five draw isn’t ideal, Tyrur Tinkerbell is a determined sort and reads the percentage bet in an open contest. Josettes Book, flying at the finish when second behind Six Joys, can again make her presence felt.

Veteran performer Borna Del easily justified favouritism in 28.66 but this looks a lot tougher.

Whatever the fate of Borna Del, Thurles owner Roger Dwan can strike with Borna Client in the third semi-final. This improving sort ran a cracker to get within a short head of Calling Spice and looks booked for a clear run on the outside.

Canavour Lady, denied a clear passage when a place and a length behind Borna Client, has to be feared from an improved trap two draw.

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