The third day of Killarney’s four-day August meeting takes place today with the €50,000 feature At The Races Handicap Hurdle seeing a competitive field of 12 runners go to post at 7.00.
Willie Mullins’ Galway Guinness Handicap hero Nessun Dorma returns to hurdling under Ruby Walsh having captured the valuable Flat prize earlier this month, while the champion trainer’s Lareena ran creditably on her most recent start at Ballybrit.
Jessica Harrington’s Neverushacon has shown a liking to the Kerry venue previously which makes him a contender in this open affair and Meath trainer Dermot McLoughlin boasts strong claims with his progressive mare Dixie Lee.
As regards today’s featured “At The Races Handicap Hurdle” Mark Costello of The Irish Field newspaper believes this is an open affair
Elsewhere on the card Joseph O’Brien’s Downdraft takes a major drop in class, having been well-beaten in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp last month, and promising apprentice rider Shane Crosse takes seven pounds off the three-year-old’s back in the John J. Galvin & Son Limited Rated Race at 5.20.
Racing gets underway at Killarney at 4.45 and the going is currently good, good-to-yielding in places on the Flat course.
Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore were in the winner’s enclosure at Killarney last evening when Theatre Dreams bolted up in the penultimate Kelly Foley O’Connor Pyne Handicap Chase.
Theatre Dreams, who is owned by the No Strangers Syndicate, was returned an 8-1 chance.
Upton trainer John Joe Murphy enjoyed more Killarney success when Brazos battled on gamely to win the feature K.W.D Kingdom Gold Cup Handicap under Daniel Redmond.
Brazos was hanging on grimly at the winning line from the fast-finishing Exchange Rate. There was just a head between the two in the end.
Joseph O’Brien got in on the action at Killarney when Rockabill stayed on strongest to win the Monex Financial Services Apprentice Handicap under Shane Crosse.
Rockabill was breaking his duck at the fifth attempt and was returned an 11-2 chance.