Condon on fire as Peaks swoops late

KEN CONDON moved his total for the week at the track to three when Peaks Of Fire took the Dawn Omega Milk Maiden at the final stage of Killarney yesterday.

Favourite, Melodie d’Amour, made the running, tactics which looked set to succeed for most of the journey.

But talented and in-form Shane Foley produced Peaks Of Fire with impeccable timing to grab the advantage near the line.

Condon was represented by his wife, Pauline Ryan, who said: “He’s a grand, genuine horse and will stay further.”

Another to get the timing spot-on was Emmet McNamara aboard Rock On Ciara in the Dawn Hi Lo Milk Handicap.

He set her alight from the furlong pole and she quickened in style to hold the running-on Moving Statue.

Trainer, Joe Murphy, said: “She is improving all of the time, I hope the handicapper won’t be too hard. Emmet gave her a super ride.”

The Dawn Milk Run Handicap Hurdle went to Tom Mullins’ Alderwood, capably handled by Mark Walsh.

He was set to win with lots in hand going to the second last, but met the obstacle all wrong and, momentarily, looked in trouble. But Alderwood picked up in fine style and was a comfortable two lengths in front of Akinspirit at the line.

Commented Mullins: “I was surprised he was such a good price, things didn’t go right for him at Roscommon the last day. We will try and find a race at Galway now.”

Second reserve, the Francis Flood trained Van Wyck, got into the Killarney Grand Live Music Venue Handicap Hurdle and made the best of the opportunity.

Brian O’Connell pushed the seven-year-old ahead at the final flight and Van Wyck found plenty to go clear of Nurse Ryan.

Fran Flood represented his father and reported: “It was great to get the chance to run and the drop of rain was a little help.

“The lads who own him are from Galway, so I’d say that’s where he will go next.”

Willie Mullins hasn’t been seen this week, but his horses have been going well and Dorset Square was his third success in the Europe Hotel And Resort Handicap.

Partnered by Gary Carroll and a solid order in the ring, he found just about enough from the furlong pole to resist Ghareer.

Mullins was represented by travelling head-man, Gary Davis, who said: “He will probably go to Galway, he’s a tough little horse, real game.”

The layers got the front two beaten in the John O’Connell Memorial Novice Hurdle, but, that said, the winner, Raggletagglegypsy, was taken from 11-1 to 8-1.

And Shay Barry’s mount won well, easing ahead going to the second last to easily beat House Rules.

The major disappointment was Greenbelt Star. His jumping left plenty to be desired and he found nothing when asked up the straight by Barry Geraghty, trailing in a poor fourth.

Henry de Bromhead introduced a nice newcomer in Absolutelyfantastic to win the Bumper under David Roche.

He certainly came home strongly to beat the gamble of the contest Dr Tommy, 14-1 to 5’s, by two and a half lengths.

De Bromhead explained the naming of the horse. “After Sizing Europe won the Greatwood Hurdle (Cheltenham), I said it was absolutely fantastic.

“Alan (Potts, owner of Sizing Europe and this winner) said If I got another horse that I thought was good to call him Absolutelyfantastic.”

Kate Harrington, who rode the favourite, Maller Tree, came up the straight without irons.

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