Col­lege Maybe looks poised to over­come draw in McCarthy Oaks

Irish Examiner - Racing - - GREYHOUNDS -

The draw for tonight's cli­max of the McCarthy In­sur­ance Group Cork Oaks has thrown the fi­nal wide open as, on form, Col­lege Maybe should be the prover­bial 'good thing', but she must over­come a ter­ri­ble draw in trap six.

Trained by Mossy O'Con­nor, she posted a bril­liant 28.32 in vic­tory last week­end but she'll need a flyer if she's to pro­duce a sim­i­lar per­for­mance this time.

The main is­sue is the fact there are a num­ber of very smart ear­ly­pac­ers in op­po­si­tion, and the fastest of them are drawn along the rails.

The favourite aside, Highview Dolly has im­pressed in both rounds to date and if she can clear the two run­ners drawn on her in­ner, she could re­ally put it up to the favourite.

Ian Water­worth's bitch beat Col­lege Maybe when they met in the first round but tak­ing a length out of Bal­ly­cowen Moll on the run to the bend will not be easy.

Loc­na­mon Bri­die won the Christ­mas Oaks at Shel­bourne, us­ing the in­side line to perfection to score. She hasn't brought her very best form to Cur­ra­heen, but her 28.15 at Shel­bourne means she must be re­spected from a draw that could play to her strengths.

Given the cir­cum­stances, Col­lege Maybe is not one to back at a very short price but her class may be enough to see her through.

Got­new­pair­shoes is a con­fi­dent se­lec­tion to take the fi­nal of the Cork GOBA A4 Stake.

Laura O'Sul­li­van's dog was very im­pres­sive when win­ning his semi-fi­nal heat and, with an­other favourable draw, is very hard to op­pose. He has plenty in hand of his ri­vals on that show­ing and a trap-to-line vic­tory beck­ons.

Trumpers Lexi is an im­prov­ing bitch and her strong-run­ning style should carry her into the pic­ture.

An­other strong can­di­date for the nap se­lec­tion was Lemon Mel, who con­tests the sec­ond semi-fi­nal of the Guilders Bar A2 525.

Pauline Len­non’s bitch was un­for­tu­nate not to turn in front last week, but with two mod­est break­ers on her in­ner this time, she should lead all the way.

The in-form Mumhan Ris­ing stays well and rates the dan­ger.

The fi­nal of the Two Wheel Train­ing 330 for cours­ing-bred grey­hounds can go to Vacume Wizard, who looks smart enough to take ad­van­tage of a draw that should work in his favour.

Oaks spon­sor Char­lie McCarthy can take the opener with Deer­crest Lady.

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