The fourth and final day of the Killarney August meeting takes place this afternoon with an eight-race card starting at 1.25pm.
The MSL Cork Mercedes-Benz Handicap Chase (4.20) has a prize fund of €50,000 and has attracted a field of 14 hopefuls headed by the Henry De Bromhead-trained Alisier D’Irlande ridden by Andrew Lynch. The Waterford trainer is also represented by the Gigginstown Stud-owned Monbeg Chit Chat under the in-form Rachael Blackmore and stable companion Full Cry, the mount of Bryan Cooper.
Champion trainer Willie Mullins won this corresponding race two years ago compliments of Ballycasey. He is also represented with Steel Wave under his nephew Danny Mullins while last year’s winner Kilcarry Bridge, from John Ryan’s Templemore stable, also figures among the declarations under Donagh Meyler in what promises to be a cracking renewal.
Willie Mullins has had a stranglehold on the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Hurdle (2.00) in recent years and the Closutton maestro is doubly represented with Causey Arch, the mount of Paul Townend, and Sapphire Lady who looks the stable pick under Ruby Walsh among the field of five. Henry De Bromhead last won this race with Exxaro in 2015 and his Eamon High is among those taking on the powerful Mullins duo along with the Gordon Elliott-trained Roscommon winner Dinions and four-time winner on the level Percy Veer seeking his first victory over hurdles for Rathkeale trainer Eric McNamara.
The going at Killarney is good.
Dermot Weld may not be the king of Galway anymore but he’s claimed Killarney as his own this week and last evening sent out his fourth winner throughout the festival when Declan McDonogh punched home Maysiyana in the Irish EBF Supporting Champions Weekend Fillies Maiden.
The win represented a double on the evening for jockey Declan McDonogh, successful a half an hour earlier on Gordon Elliott’s Monkeylou.
Terence O’Brien’s Lakemilan showed great heart in defeating former Triumph Hurdle winner Ivanovich Gorbatov by a neck in the At The Races Handicap Hurdle at Killarney.
Ridden by Denis O’Regan, who was riding his first winner since his split with Barry Connell was made public, Lakemilan was returned a 12-1 shot for the Carrigtoohill trainer.