Message set to deliver for Weld

Dermot Weld’s Encrypted Message can land the Robin Parke Memorial Handicap at this afternoon’s rescheduled meeting at Killarney.

Unraced as a two-year-old, it has been a case of steady progress for the Dansili gelding in four outings this season.

He won his maiden, over what looked an inadequate seven furlongs, at Fairyhouse and then stepped up to a mile and a half at the Galway festival.

The selection produced a decent performance to chase home Sure Reef and the handicapper has kindly allowed him to compete here off the same mark.

Weld’s Impound gets the vote, ahead of Aidan O’Brien Hall Of Mirrors, in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden.

Chances are that Hall Of Mirrors possesses more ability than Impound, but his antics at Leopardstown last time were not encouraging.

He proved a nightmare ride for Joseph O’Brien, hanging right for much of the journey and then edging across to the stands’ side in the straight. In the end he was beaten seven lengths into second by Galileo Rock.

Hall Of Mirrors is now fitted with cheekpieces and if they have the desired effect then he will probably deliver.

I prefer to rely, however, on Impound, who ran on with great gusto late at Galway, beaten half a length by Sugar Boy. That winner followed by taking a nursery in fine style at Tipperary.

O’Brien’s Purple can land the modest Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden over an extended mile.

She’s clearly no star, but ran well enough when third to Teofolina and Aegean Sky over 12 furlongs plus at Tipperary and dropping down in trip can help.

Another Ballydoyle inmate, Order, may benefit from going back in distance in the Follow Killarney Racecourse On Facebook Maiden.

He went nicely for a long way, over a mile and a half, when fifth to gambled-on Katiola at Leopardstown and this is easier.

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