Vedani set to defy top weight

EASILY the most interesting contest at the opening stage of the Killarney festival this evening is the Killarney Avenue/Munster Joinery Handicap, which brings together four useful performers.

The nap vote falls on John Oxx’s lightly-raced Vedani, who is fancied to defy top weight.

He has a very progressive profile and will revel in the likely soft ground. Vedani won his maiden at the second attempt at the Curragh and then returned to headquarters, stepping into handicap company.

Near the front throughout, he looked the likely winner for most of the straight, but was collared near the finish and beaten half a length into second by Michael Halford’s Massiyn.

The selection went up 6lbs for that, but the form was put in perspective at Roscommon subsequently, where Massiyn was most unlucky to be beaten a short head by Aklan in a Listed event, after having far from a clear passage.

Biggest danger is probably Aidan O’Brien’s Beach Of Falesa, who should have won at Roscommon, as a prelude to strolling to success at Leopardstown three days later.

But she’s gone up 13lbs for those two efforts and the tough Vedani is fancied to have the legs on her.

Eric McNamara’s Little Green is worth a second glance in the Michael Kenny Memorial Apprentice Handicap.

She has developed into a smart hurdler and could be tossed into this off a mark of just 54. The five-year-old hasn’t been seen for 106 days, so her travels in the market will be important.

At Dundalk today, Aidan O’Brien’s George Vancouver looks worth another chance in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden.

He was backed as if defeat was out of the question at the Curragh 16 days ago, but could only manage a disappointing fourth behind Dermot Weld’s Rawaaq.

Conditions were particularly testing that day and it seems significant George Vancouver is now sent to the polytrack.

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