Bolger star to open account.
LUMINAIRE, a colt that held plenty of lofty engagements in the spring, should break his duck in the Hibernian Hotel Maiden at Cork tonight.
The Green Desert colt shaped like a certain future winner when short-headed by Cat By The Tale on his debut at Tipperary last month.
And Jim Bolger who, in May, was considering introducing Luminaire to competitive action alongside stable star New Approach in the Boylesports Irish 2,000 Guineas, has found an ideal opportunity for Luminaire to get off the mark.
A mile around Cork, with an ease in the ground, should prove suitable for Bolger's charge, a confident choice to beat John Oxx's 80-rated Soul Murmur and the Dermot Weld-trained newcomer Designated Decoy.
Easy ground and the use of blinkers temper enthusiasm for the classy, Paul Nolan-trained Accordion Etoile in the Ulster Bank Mallow Hurdle, despite his recent sixth to Lesoto Diamond on the flat at Leopardstown last month, his first outing in 14 months.
Preference is for Maureen Danagher's Rathmore Castle, a smart and progressive novice late last season which finished fifth to Rickardstown in a competitive handicap hurdle, over an inadequate two miles, at Gowran Park recently.
Conceding 10lb. to Accordion Etoile won't be easy but Rathmore Castle, the mount of Mick Darcy, gets the vote.
Earlier, Peter Casey's Ireland's Call, a promising third to Fancy Feathers on his seasonal debut at Leopardstown, makes plenty of appeal in the seven-furlong Kostal Ireland Handicap.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jul 11, 2008|
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