Killarney Tuesday 15th July 2015
The second day of the four day festival is dominated by short price favourites and doesn’t look hugely competitive.
The opening Maiden (6:00pm) looks a good opportunity for Jessica Harrington’s Elusive Laurence to get off the mark. This daughter of Lawman made an eye catching debut in a decent maiden at Roscommon won by Kings Ryker. Having dwelt she made up a lot of ground in a race where nothing ridden with restraint bar her got involved. She stayed on nicely under a considerate ride from Fran Berry who rides her again and the step up to this extended mile should suit.
Aidan O’Brien’s Blackstone looks the chief threat, especially on his penultimate run at the Curragh while Jim Bolgers Intense Debate has had plenty of chances. I expect the Elusive Lawrence to prove too strong.
The Dermot O’Leary Memorial Rated Race looks tricky with very little between the five runners. Dermot Welds Stay de Night is the favourite having won a weak maiden comfortably. He needs to step up on that however and Arthur Moore’s Harley’s Harley could put at disappointing run at the Curragh behind him granted a decent pace.
Rayna bids to make it three in a row in the Ross Golf Course 3yo Handicap for John Oxx having won a handicap at Leopardstown just 5 days ago. She carries a big weight of 10-5 but Gary Halpins claim of 7lb is a help in a moderate handicap. However she is another favourite and there are a few unexposed ones in the field. Botanical Lady ran well at Bellewstown previously and should go close if as effective over this trip but she will have to settle. The market support for Hatch Hall is interesting as he met trouble in running when making a challenge in a Leopardstown handicap and has been dropped 2lbs since.
In The Seaniemac.com Q.R race many of the field are wrong on ratings with the favourite El Salvador who is rated 104. He looks a class above these having been second to Pique Sous at Royal Ascot and winning well at Bellewstown recently.
In the feature race Bourn Vincent Memorial Handicap Chase Tony Martins Ted Veale makes his handicap chase debut having ran in five Grade 1 chases last season. His mark of 141 looks exploitable and Barry Geraghty is booked to ride. The first time hood should help and this looks a significant drop in class. With Nearly Namad likely to set a decent pace, the 2013 County Hurdle hero could finally get off the mark over fences but the Galway Hurdle is probably the main target back over hurdles.
The (8:30) Mc Group Handicap Chase looks very open and with 15 runners set to go to post. Tylers Cottage is worth watching with a view to Galway.
The Second day of the festival ends with a intriguing race. Recent Royal Ascot winner and versatile Domination will take all the beating for Charles Byrnes and Davy Russell. His form on a decent surface last season has been very impressive and he sets a very high standard. Alelchi Inois is set to challenge though having beaten Steps to Freedom by a flattering 20 lengths, but it was an excellent performance though.
However his hurdles form hasn’t been near Dominations and he will need to be an exceptional chaser to win this contest. The mare Cailin Annamh receives 2lb from the aforementioned and will need to ping her fences tonight to threaten here but the step up to 2m 6f should suit. Bally Longford also has a squeak but won only an okay chase at Kilbeggan.
Sean Jackson 15/07/14
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