Greyscape hard to oppose

Greyscape will be strongly fancied to get off the mark at his third attempt in today’s opener in Cork, the Irish Stallion Farms 2-Y-0 Auction Maiden.

Greyscape hard to oppose

Patrick Prendergast’s colt shaped with promise on his debut at the Curragh on the opening day of the season, beaten little more than three lengths in sixth spot behind State Of Emergency and Saturday’s impressive Navan winner Bebhinn.

Greyscape then went to Tipperary and, having shown good speed, got the better of Hazelnott (which had finished ahead of him at the Curragh), before Jim Bolger’s debutant Taisce Naisiunta swept past for victory. With that experience under his belt, it should take a smart newcomer to beat Greyscape.

And market support for either Minim Chai, whose trainer Ger Lyons had his first juvenile winner of 2015 in Dundalk on Friday, or Jessica Harrington’s Love Is All Around, would be a concern.

The six-furlong Friday BBQ Evenings Handicap looks a tight affair.

But I like the chances of Charles O’Brien’s Great Wide Open, who appeared to have a bit in hand when swooping late to beat Well Done Me over the minimum trip in Tipperary recently.

Raised 6lb, this Starspangledbanner gelding is expected to prove even more effective over today’s extra furlong.

And he gets the vote to beat Michael O’Callaghan’s top-weight Aggression, a first ride in Mallow for Andrea Atzeni, the David Wachman-trained filly Sexy Legs, potentially well-treated off 85, and the likes of Dundalk winner Five Claws and Sharaasa.

The market should prove a good guide to the three-year-old maidens.

And well-regarded Ballydoyle colt Father Frost, a son of Rip Van Winkle, would be of interest in the seven-furlong maiden if the market speaks in his favour.

There are two concerns, however, a high draw and the fact he’s wearing a hood for his debut.

John Oxx’s Mizzen Mast gelding Xebec shaped with promise on his recent debut in Tipperary, finishing fourth to Radanpour, and might have the edge over the Weld filly Sidna in the finale.

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