Requinto can lead rivals a merry dance

DAVID WACHMAN’S Requinto is fancied to lead his rivals a merry dance in the five furlongs Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Race at Cork this afternoon.

The son of Dansili, and that very good filly Damson, made a promising start over six furlongs at Leopardstown 13 days ago and can be expected to built on that effort.

The selection was far too free for his own good in the early stages, but set a scorching gallop and it was into the final furlong before he began to weaken.

Requinto was eventually beaten three parts of a length and a length into third behind Jim Bolger’s Parish Hall and Aidan O’Brien’s Raphael Santi, the last-named having the benefit of a previous outing.

O’Brien provides the main worries now in the shape of Dundalk winner, Ishvana, and the Oasis Dream newcomer, Reply.

O’Brien’s once-raced Ballroom can land the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden, a contest which is chockful of choicely-bred first-timers. Ballroom made a solid start at Dundalk, beaten a length into second by John Oxx’s well-regarded and heavily-backed Emiyna.

Most interesting opponent is Dermot Weld’s Sparkling View, who is by Danheill Dancer and a half-sister to the high-class Profound Beauty.

Feature event is the Listed Cork Stakes, which may go the way of Dandy Nicholls’ Inxile, fresh from an easy win at Naas a week ago.

Massabini, fifth behind the smart Quest For Peace at Leopardstown, is the one to beat in the Best Dressed Lady Maiden for colts and geldings.

At Fairyhouse tomorrow, Noble Prince gets the nap in the Grade 1 Powers’ Gold Cup. Performing well all season, he hit the big-time at the Cheltenham festival.

Noble Prince relished the two and a half miles of the Jewson Chase to beat Wishfull Thinking by four lengths. Wishfull Thinking boosted the form when subsequently bolting in at Aintree.

Our Girl Salley, who had to miss Cheltenham, is reportedly right back on the track and can win the Grade 2 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares’ Novice Hurdle.

She’s a class act, winning her last five races, and Prunella Dobbs’ charge appears to hold far too many guns for these.

At Cork tomorrow Roberto Goldback has been found a more than suitable opportunity by Jessica Harrington in the Listed Imperial Call Chase.

He has been a little disappointing, especially at Gowran Park and Cheltenham of late, but you would still have to fancy him to prove too strong for Let Yourself Go.

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