O’Brien hot pot impounded

Dermot Weld’s Impound turned over Aidan O’Brien’s odds-on Hall Of Mirrors in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Breeders’ Maiden at sun-kissed Killarney yesterday.

Hall Of Mirrors, just like at Leoaprdstown previously, didn’t look overly happy on the bends, but still came there cantering in the straight.

But Impound is a tough sort and showed much the greater resolution to beat his rival by a half a length.

Kris Weld represented his father and said: “That was a great ride from Pat (Smullen), as strong a drive as you will see. He will now come back to the Kingdom (Listowel) for a nursery.”

Weld and Smullen completed a double when Encrypted Message toyed with the opposition on his way to landing the Robin Parke Memorial Handicap.

Truth to tell, the blinkered son of Dansili never left second gear, cruising ahead under three furlongs down to score with any amount in hand.

Said Weld junior: “Listowel is a possibility, but we have no particular race in mind.”

John Murphy continued his terrific record at this track when Diamond Pro took the Ross Golf Course Handicap.

You could have thrown a blanket over four of them running to the line, but Ben Curtis had matters in hand and Diamond Pro surged ahead near the post. The three-year-old is owned by Fermoy vet, Sean O’Sullivan.

Said Murphy: “He’s a lovely big horse and couldn’t handle Sligo the last day for some reason. His owner wants him to go jumping and he’s schooling well at the moment.”

Returned at 16-1, Diamond Pro paid almost 36-1 on the Tote.

The www.mosscontrol.ie Handicap looked virtually impossible to solve, but finally went to the 5-1 favourite, Tommy Stack’s Van Rooney.

He had a bit to do at the furlong pole, but powered through late for Wayne Lordan to grab Maatjar

Said Stack: “Wayne did a good job, he’d riding well. This horse will head for another handicap and might go jumping, he’s big enough.”

Joseph O’Brien put up 2lbs overweight aboard Purple, in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden, but just about got away with it, as the hitherto frustrating daughter of Galileo scrambled to victory.

O’Brien had her in front over a furlong out and, despite swishing her tail, she kept on well enough to repel Starstruck.

There was a stewards’ inquiry, but an alteration to the placings was never a possibility. O’Brien was, however, found guilty of careless riding and suspended for one day.

Kevin Prendergast’s Crystal Kangaroo, having only a third outing, bolted away with the Follow Killarney Racecourse On Facebook Maiden.

Taken to the front early in the straight by Chris Hayes, the winner was soon clear to score by five lengths.

Commented Hayes: “He’s an improving horse and did it well. It wasn’t much of a race, but it’s good to get him started.”

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