Tuesday brings action from Catterick, Leicester, Chelmsford City, Nottingham and Roscommon. There’s also an evening meeting at Cork, where an excellent card features a brace of black-type encounters.
The Listed Platinum Stakes (7:00pm) and the G3 Give Thanks Stakes (7:30pm) are the races that top the bill.
Racing At Cork
The Mallow Course (as traditionalists sometimes still refer to it) holds both National Hunt races and flat races. The track is a right-hander and has a circumference of 1.5 miles. The finishing straight is longer than most, being 5 furlongs in length.
While horse racing has been taking place in County Cork for centuries, the Mallow Course was only opened in the mid-1920s. It is very near Buttevant – the place that held the first steeplechase back in the mid-18th century.
One of the most famous races to be held here is the Munster Oaks. This is a G3 encounter that is open to fillies and mares aged 3 years or more. This race takes place in June and is run over a distance of 1m 4f.
The Munster Oaks was only established in 2003. It was originally called the Noblesse Stakes – in honour of an Irish-trained filly that won the Epsom Oaks (plus several other very good races), back in the 1960s. When this race was introduced, it was just a Listed race and only open to 3-year-olds.
In 2004, the race was promoted to G3 status – the same year that older horses were first allowed to compete. In 2005, it was moved to Cork (having had an initial short spell at Naas). The name was changed to the Munster Oaks in 2014.
Grace O’Malley is the only horse to have won this race on two occasions. Those victories came in 2009 and 2010. Kevin Manning has piloted three horses to victory – Snippets, Danelissima and Banimpire. Pat Smullen has also rode the winner, on 3 occasions.
As for today’s feature race, it is named after Give Thanks – a horse that won the Irish Oaks in 2003. Like the Munster Oaks, it began as a Listed contest and was later promoted to G3 status (in 2007).
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