Improving Gianfanti looks the part

THE improving Gianfanti can land the nap in the six furlongs Fermoy Maiden at Cork this afternoon.

The Danehill colt made his debut over an extended seven furlongs at Tipperary, finishing half a length second behind Satine.

He dropped down to an extended six furlongs at the Curragh six days ago and looked a much better horse than at Tipperary.

Gianfanti displayed plenty of speed, before fading in the closing stages to take fifth spot in a valuable contest won by Vettriano.

He now eases back in trip again, sprinting may well be his game, and Colm O’Donoghue’s mount gets the nod to beat Jo Must Go, a close fourth behind Nobody Sleeps at the Curragh.

Aidan O’Brien trains Gianfanti and he threatens to complicate the EBF Maiden by running the once-raced Balestrini and two newcomers, Carpanetto and Roosevelt.

The market will obviously reveal a tale, but Balestrini performed with plenty of promise when third to stable companion, Delacroix, at Gowran Park and gets the vote.

Cat Belling and Solas Mo Chroi look the two to concentrate on in the EBF Median Autction Fillies Stakes.

Cat Belling is taking a fair drop in class, having mixed it with some very decent sorts, her latest effort yielding a creditable fifth behind Richard Hannon’s Rag Top in the Group Three C L Weld Stakes at the Curragh.

She has, however, had a long season and Solas Mo Chroi, runner-up behind the highly promising Vintage Tipple at Tralee, is likely to be much the fresher and is the choice.

Star of the show at Cork tomorrow should be Ballyhampshire Boy in the Pierse Contracting Ltd Cork Hurdle.

He, uncharacteristically, slipped up going to the fourth last on his seasonal debut at Tipperary, race won by John Joe O’Neill’s Intersky Falcon.

The selection, however, was a tremendous novice last season, producing a succession of excellent displays, and is different class to these rivals!

The booking of Barry Geraghty for Pat Hughes’ Gemini Guest appears significant, in the Pierse Contracting Ltd INH Stallion Owners’ Novice Hurdle, and the six-year-old gets the nod.

There are signs the Hughes horses are on the way back, following a quiet period, and his second to Wouldn’t You Agree at Galway would entitle him to go close now!

Say Again can make a winning debut over fences in the Pierse Rivervalley Mallow Beginners Chase. Paul Nolan’s gelding has been rested since landing the Galway Hurdle and clearly his handler believes this is his game.

At Naas tomorrow Dermot Weld’s Tough Chic should be difficult to beat in the Castlemartin Stud Fillies Maiden. The daughter of Indian Ridge went down by a neck to Snippets at the Curragh last month. Snippets went on to score again next time and behind the selection were three subsequent winners.

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