THE four-day Killarney Festival kicks-off tonight, but first things first and it is to Dundalk we go this afternoon for a possible winning nap in the shape of Aladdins Cave in the Connolly Kelly Chartered Accountants’ Handicap.
He makes a quick reappearance, having scored at Leopardstown last Thursday, and is fancied to justify Colm Murphy’s decision to turn him out again so quickly.
The six-year-old’s winning margin at Leopardstown was just two and a half lengths, but he scored with a lot more than that in hand.
Aladdins Cave now has to carry a mandatory 5lbs penalty, taking his weight to the steadier of 10-1, but goes up by 11lbs in the future.
Aidan O’Brien and Johnny Murtagh can combine for a double with Air Chief Marshal and Seven Summits. Air Chief Marshal is essentially a disappointing horse, but has a huge amount in hand in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Race and is a hard to oppose.
Seven Summits, beaten a neck by hot-pot Alaia at Tipperary, can take the Hibernia Steel Maiden.
At Killarney, row in with John Kiely’s Riverstown in the Bourn Vincent Memorial Park-Killarney Racegoers’ Club Maiden Hurdle.
He caught the eye when staying on to fill third behind Abbey Lane and Spanish Auriga at Gowran Park and should be well suited to stepping up another two furlongs in trip.
Willie Mullins’ Not For Converting is the one to beat in the Don’t Forget Ladies Day This Thursday at Killarney Races Bumper.
He was in better company than this when a creditable fifth to Shop DJ at the Curragh in early May.
If first reserve Park Ranger, who bolted in at Fairyhouse on Saturday, gets into the Killarney Avenue Munster Joinery Handicap, then he would certainly do for this observer.
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