Bahrain can storm home

BAHRAIN STORM can provide the answer to the featured Irish Open July 28-July 31 Chase at the opening stage of the four-day Killarney Festival tonight.

The former Galway Hurdle winner is best treated at the weights and has between 3lbs and 12lbs in hand of his four rivals.

Mind you, the eight-year-old is the least experienced horse in the field and has just one success over fences to his credit, beating the modest Derinlaur by a length and three parts at Tipperary in May.

He shouldn’t be judged too harshly on the bare evidence, however, because the two miles and seven of that race was surely about as far as the selection would want to travel.

Pat Flynn’s charge warmed up for this test with a spin on the flat at the Curragh last month and has more than enough in his locker to outclass this opposition.

Tony Mullins’ Ahyaknowyerself gets the nod in the Don’t Forget Ladies Day This Thursday At Killarney Races Bumper.

He’s no flying machine, but seems tough and resolute, on the basis of his hard-fought head defeat of Phoenix Star at Wexford.

Willie Mullins’ Laganback almost certainly has more ability than the selection, but folded rather tamely when beaten into second by the somewhat enigmatic Sublime Talent over flights at Ballinrobe.

Paul Deegan’s Galilean Rebel is the choice in the first, the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Median Auction Maiden.

The son of former Irish 2000 Guineas winner, Cockney Rebel, made a promising start when fourth to Zip Top at Leopardstown.

The second and fifth respectively, Tenth Star and David Livingston, have both won in the meantime.

But Galilean Rebel then failed to build on that when subsequently only third behind Gin Rummy and Blue Mimosa at Down Royal.

The ground was on the soft side then and should the surface continue to dry out, he may well be worth risking, in an open contest.

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