Killarney- 16th July Preview
The third day of the festival opens with a competitive 1m 6f Maiden and many of the 12 runners can be given chances. The Grade 1 winning 2m Chaser Special Tiara might be stretched by this trip but it could be a race for the jumpers like Pink Hat, Desertmore Stream and Macnicholson.
Aidan O’Brien saddles Tiqris River who is one of two three year olds in the contest and the son of Montjeu ought to go close as he gets a 14lb weight for age allowance and ran well in two very hot maidens.
It will be surprising if a three year old doesn’t win the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F Handicap over 1m 3f. John Oxx’s Tarziyna and Arthur Moore’s Hannahs Magic should be involved at the business end but Michael Halfords Princess Pearlita should not be underestimated especially now stepped up in trip. She looks very well handicapped off 78 on her polytrack form behind the now 99 rated Magnolia Beach and should be fitter for her latest outing at Leopardstown.
All eight runners in the Killarney Avenue/ Munster Joinery 3yo Handicap can be given some sort of chance in an open looking race.
11 Runners go to post for the Irish Examiner Beginners Chase over 2m and 1f. Midnight Game will be hard to beat but has been disappointing of late and he failed to beat Lord Ben when receiving 15lbs. Willie Mullins’ Un beau Roman and Henry de Bromhead’s Sizing Sahara make their chasing debuts and have some decent hurdles form.
The most valuable race on the card, the Larkins Pub & Restaurant Miltown handicap hurdle, is a typically competitive renewal with four last time out winners in the field. With big prize money on offer it’s no surprise and whatever wins will need to have a few pounds in hand at least. Gordon Elliott’s Quarton could fit the bill having won with a bit to spare at Bellewstown. Barry Geraghty’s mount Our Man Zebo should also prove popular in a very competitive race.
By Sean Jackson 16/07/2014
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