The 17-year-old returned to school yesterday – he’s doing his Leaving Cert at Kanturk – and then made his way to Kerry to give the gambled-on winner a superb drive.
Said King: “I stayed in school until 3.15. I only missed a single class, one of two Irish classes I had.”
The talented teenager soon had the winner swinging along in front, but when Shalaman edged ahead over a furlong down the issue seemed to be decided.
King, however, had other ideas and rode a whirlwind finish on the game mare to get back up and win by a head. The youngster is now 19 winners short of losing his 5lbs claim.
Continued King: “She is very tough, every time I gave her a belt she picked up.”
Jazz Girl was backed from 7-1 to 9-2.
Dermot Weld’s Show Court went off the 11-4 favourite, after 9-2 was available in the morning. But he ran no sort of race, trailing in a well beaten seventh
The Bet Online At thetote.com Novice Chase was a hot contest for this time of year and was won in fine style by Jim Culloty’s Spring Heeled.
Davy Russell was in no hurry, but produced the winner with a steady challenge in the straight, as The Real Article made the best of his way home.
The Real Article, Burn And Turn and Spring Heeled were in the air together over the final fence, but it was the last named who found the most to win going away.
“Davy gave him a good ride, he wants further,” reported Culloty. “The race I have in mind is the Kerry National (Listowel).”
On a day when it was announced that the Aga Khan is to have horses in training with Dermot Weld for the first time, it was probably appropriate he would enjoy a winner and it came in the shape of the Michael Halford-trained Adelana in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Median Auction Maiden.
The daughter of Manduro had plenty to find with the favourite, Chicago Girl, on previous running at Tipperary, but found the extra with another furlong to travel.
Chicago Girl was soon in front, but Adelana was a danger through the final three furlongs and showed the greater resolution, against her tail-swishing opponent, to score by a short head.
“We felt she had come forward and is just the sort to get black type,” reported Halford.
Nina Carberry saddled her first winner as a trainer when Blaze Of Fire, owned by JP McManus, survived a blunder two out before forging clear of Old Supporter in the Malton.com Handicap Chase and then promptly placed that part of her career on hold.
Carberry will take up a new job as assistant to Noel Meade and starts next Monday. “I’m putting the licence in my back pocket for the moment,” she said. “I can’t believe it, JP is a great supporter of mine and I’m delighted to win for him.”
John Murphy, who has a terrific record at Killarney, did it again when Slipper Satin took the John O’Connor Engineering Handicap.
Backed from 7-1 to 9-2 and powerfully handed by Joseph O’Brien, Slipper Satin made all of the running, staying on strongly to beat Campestral Scene.
Shadow Eile was long odds-on to beat five rivals in the Killarney Welcomes Bordeaux Racecourse Mares’ Beginners Chase and duly got the job done.
Confidently ridden by Andrew McNamara, the only moment of worry came when she guessed three out, but otherwise it was plain sailing.
The Bumper saw Eoin Doyle’s If Not For You get the best of a last furlong duel with Court Frontier.