Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen continued their fine start to the new Flat campaign with a Cork double highlighted by the success of Alkasser in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.
There was support for the son of Shamardal on his debut at the Curragh last month, but he trailed in last of 10 behind Answered, so he was on a retrieval mission for supporters and was sent off a 5-2 chance.
Focus On Venice returned to racecourse action with a splendid success in the Mallow Town Summer BBQ Evening July 11th Handicap at Cork as Jim Bolger recorded a double.
The three-year-old (10-1) was making his seasonal debut after being on the sidelines since he finished last in the Railway Stakes at the Curragh last June, having won on his debut at Leopardstown, but there was no sign of ring-rustiness.
KARAKA JACK (Musselburgh, nap, 3.05) does not immediately leap from the racecard but this is his time of year and he should be fully wound up on Sunday.
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