Take Pine for starters

A very tough card greets patrons at Curraheen Park tonight but Kathrynspinefern gets the nap selection to make the most of a winning opportunity in the opening race.

On his most recent outing, Kathryn O’Dea’s dog was showing pace into the first turn when badly baulked, and lost all chance thereafter in what was a good contest for this grade.

He has a fine record from trap one and, if he can reproduce one of his better breaks, should be able to make the most of it.

There are some unexposed rivals in opposition, but the selection’s greater experience can gain the day. He gets the nod ahead of the promising Whiteys Sanda.

The semi-finals of the Pat Hennerty Sales Cork Oaks feature on the programme and Aguasantas can make the most of a favourable draw in the first of them.

The lightly raced May pup has a nice touch of early pace and can use that to turn in front in a race in which such an advantage is likely to be crucial.

The Liam Dowling-trained daughter of Ballymac Vic is not yet the strongest of stayers over the standard trip, but is young enough to develop in that department, and has a definite chance to build a race-winning advantage this time.

With Invinciblejackie, drawn three, expected to edge to her right in the early stages, she could cause early problems for likely favourite Leeview Lady.

That could afford the selection an opportunity to steal a length or two and, with just five runs under her belt, she is open to improvement.

The other semi-final also looks difficult, but the inside line could prove crucial once more, and Rafas Wee Star, drawn one, gets the nod.


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