Rely on Torduff Boy

TORDUFF BOY gets the nap to beat two more highly-rated opponents, Go Roger Go and Moscow Express, in the Gleneagle Hotel ’Chase at the opening stage of the Killarney Festival tonight.

Paul Nolan will be using this as a prep for the Galway Plate, and obviously will have left a bit to work on, but the ten-year-old does appear a more reliable proposition than his rivals.

Torduff Boy is returning after a short break, having finished fourth under 12-0 behind Glynn Dingle in a handicap at Punchestown at the end of May.

Previously, also at Punchestown, he won a competitive handicap, beating Michael Mor by three parts of a length.

Moscow Express, surprisingly beaten seven lengths by Garvivonnian on this track in May, warmed up for this with a spin at Royal Ascot, while Go Roger Go perforned reasonably well behind Puck Out over flights at Roscommon last month.

Aidan O’Brien sends a rare candidate to Killarney, for the Irish stallion Farms Maiden, in the shape of the once-raced Denver.

The son of Danehill is clearly considered moderate and there was little merit in his fourth placing behind Southern Bound in a poor Curragh event over a month ago.

But that contest was run over five furlongs, on soft ground, and perhaps Denver will be a better horse on this faster surface and stepping up appreciably in trip!

Michael Hourigan’s very frustrating Hehasalife will never be one for a major wager, but there is no denying he’s a live possibility in the Bourn Vincent Memorial Park Maiden Hurdle.

Third to Just In Debt at Kilbeggan and runner-up behind Chain at Bellewstown last time, this looks his best opportunity to date.

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