Soprano can hit right note on tricky card

Cork tonight doesn’t half offer some real puzzles and, realistically, punters have little reason to face the programme with any confidence.

The nap vote falls on the once-raced Dancing Soprano in the concluding Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden.

She is hardly in the care of the most fashionable of flat trainers, Tipperary handler, Seamus O’Donnell, but made a solid start at Gowran Park 19 days ago and should go close.

The daughter of Jeremy went of an unconsidered 25-1 shot and ran a cracker to finish second to Namurian Sunset, despite running far too freely for her own good.

David Marnane’s Nocturnal Affair is an eight-year-old, but no back number and gets the vote in the Father’s Day Racing June 15th Race.

He failed to win in seven outings last season, but made an encouraging reappearance when third to two particularly smart horses in Guerre and Maarek in a Listed event at Naas last month.

Michaael Halford’s Dark Alliance is a hopeful choice in the Follow Us On Facebook Maiden.

He does have to cope with 17 rivals, but this is a poor contest and the selection, runner-up behind Aidan O’Brien’s modest, The Islander, on this track last time, might prove good enough.

The rest of the card consists of four virtually impossible to solve handicaps and only supreme optimists will feel they have a chance of finding the answers!

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