Livia set to strike

Jim Bolger’s Livia Galilei can land the nap in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden at Cork tonight.

She ran well in two outings as a juvenile and the evidence of her seasonal debut at the Curragh is that the daughter of Galileo has progressed nicely from two to three.

Nibbled at in the market, Livia Galilei finished a creditable fourth of 15 behind the John Oxx pair, Aklan and Ebazan, and Aidan O’Brien’s Marchese Marconi.

Another of Oxx’s, Hartani, was five lengths adrift of the selection in fifth and gave the form a decent boost when scoring at Tipperary last week. O’Brien is not going to make it easy for Livia Galilei, running three in the contest. The most interesting is Beach Of Falesa, who will be partnered by his son, Joseph, and is a newcomer by Dylan Thomas.

Dermot Weld’s Croisultan is the one to beat in the Race over six furlongs. He is the highest rated in the heat and will revel in the soft ground. His last outing was at the Curragh over seven furlongs, splitting Excelebration and Windsor Palace, and that was a smart effort.

Pat Smullen rides Croisulan and can also take the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Median Auction Fillies Maiden aboard Pat Martin’s Versilla Gal. She has three solid efforts under her belt, will be suited to stepping up to six furlongs for the first time and faces three first-timers.

Chicago, a modest horse by Ballydoyle standards, had to get the vote in the Cork Racecourse Maiden. The surface will not be a problem, with the Montjeu colt handling testing conditions when beaten a length and a quarter into second by John Oxx’s debutante, Ebalviyra, at Tipperary eight days ago.


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