Dedo can cheat draw

DEDO is the nap choice to overcome a bad draw in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Median Auction Maiden at the first stage of the Killarney Festival tonight.

The selection will emerge from stall 14, way out wide, but so few of these can be fancied that it shouldn’t be too big a problem.

Kevin Prendergast’s colt was nicely fancied to make a winning debut in atrocious conditions at Roscommon a week ago.

In the end he was beaten a length and a half into second by the experienced favourite, Slaney Rock, staying on quite nicely at the end of that seven furlongs.

Stepping up in trip and a better surface can surely only work in Dedo’s favour and he is preferred to Bunsen Burner and the apparently well-regarded Tommy Stack newcomer, Ariege.

Willie Mullins has a strong hand through the card and has prospects of a treble, led by the venerable Adamant Approach in the Gleneagle Summer Cabaret Chase.

There are no indications the versatile 13-year-old is a back number and he made a solid reappearance on the flat at Bellewstown when fifth in the handicap won by Kisimali.

Mullins’ once-raced Rosy Cyborg looks the answer to the Hotel Europe Bumper. He won an ordinary race at Sligo in May, but it was a stylish performance and the four-year-old may well be one for the future.

A third Mullins possibility is Sonnium in the O’Keeffe Marquees Rathmlore Handicap. He certainly gave the impression of going the right way when third to Eight Up and hot-pot, Allesandro, at Leopardstown.

The opening Bourn Vincent Memorial Park Maiden Hurdle is a moderate contest and, perhaps, Topenhall, fourth to Square Ball in a Cork handicap, will go close.

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