Shimmer Can Shine Back On Better Ground At Cork

The jumps action in Ireland comes from Cork today and the Cork National is the feature race on a good card. I think Nobody Home represents a bit of each way value in that race, but my main fancy goes in the 20f handicap hurdle later on in the day at 3.50.

Nobody Home could go well at a price in the Cork National.

Shimmer And Shine went into my notebook when she was a massive eye catcher at a monster price in a 20f good ground maiden hurdle at Roscommon earlier this season for Peter Croke and Dylan Robinson, finishing 4th behind Gaillimh Abu despite being given an extremely tender ride.

I was shocked to see her dropped back in trip on her handicap debut at Clonmel (16.5f) after her run at Roscommon and I wasn’t surprised that it proved too sharp for her. She was far from disgraced though, beaten 3.5L, and judging by the money that arrived for the daughter of Gold Well last time at Downpatrick, connections must have expected the step up to 22.5f to suit.

She was sent off at just 6/1 but the rain before the race scuppered her chance as she simply isn’t at her best on truly soft ground. It is good to yielding at Cork this afternoon and that will suit her a lot better. She had a 114 rated hurdler half a length behind on her last start at 20f so off a mark of 95 I think she is capable of getting involved at the business end. At odds of 25/1 she is well worth chancing e/w with an extra place available from plenty of bookies.


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