It’s day two of the four-day meeting at Killarney, where Peregrine Run gets the nap to earn a deserved maiden victory in the bumper which closes the card. Peter Fahey’s five-year-old ran at the last meeting here, and lost nothing in defeat when runner-up to the exciting Knocknanuss.
Prior to that he had finished a close third behind Westerner Lady, who followed up over hurdles on her next start. The selection has been a very consistent sort and a run to the same level once more should reap overdue reward.
Sandycove Island may emerge as the main threat. He ran well to finish third behind Escape Footwear on his first start of the season, and the winner boosted the form when carrying a penalty to victory over hurdles at Tramore last weekend. He’s a potential improver, and should reach the frame once more.
Leigh Roche and Dermot Weld combined to take the opening juvenile fillies’ maiden at this meeting last year, and have strong claims of a follow up with Creme De La.
The English Channel filly caught the eye finishing third behind two very exciting prospects, How High The Moon and Midnight Crossing, on her debut at the Curragh, and that effort sets the standard in this race. With much improvement anticipated, she’ll take a world of beating, though a softening of the ground would temper enthusiasm just a little.
There are some very interesting sorts in opposition, including Golden Malt and Hot To The Touch. The former finished last of six behind the selection’s stable companion, Foxtrot Charlie, at the last meeting here, but was, most notably, very heavily supported (14-1 to 5-1). She travelled strongly for much of the trip, and is likely to step up on that. Hot To The Touch was quietly fancied in a Galway maiden by Whiskey Sour, and could yet improve significantly. She’s feared most.
Laganore can carry top weight to victory in the Dunloe Hotel Handicap. The exciting filly found all sorts of trouble when fifth behind the progressive Sacrificial at Galway last time, and is clearly very well handicapped off her current mark. She hasn’t got the best of draws here, but is down in class and back against her own sex. With plenty of improvement to come, she looks the part.
The danger may come from Maknificent, who went very close to landing quite a gamble at Galway.