Culloty can have last laugh

BAREL Of Laughs is fancied to give Jim Culloty a welcome turn in the Laurels Bar Maiden Hurdle for colts and geldings at Killarney this evening.

He produced his best effort to date at Clonmel last month and, hopefully, can now build on that.

Always on the pace, the selection held every chance jumping the final flight, but was run out of it close home and beaten half a length by heavily-backed favourite, Memories Of Milan.

The form was shown in a reasonable light at the Punchestown festival when Memories Of Milan finished second in a handicap behind Oneeightofamile.

Willie Mullins’s Ceol Rua gets the vote in the opening division of the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Mares’ Maiden Hurdle.

She will surely have been well schooled for this her first outing over flights and comes here on the back of being far from disgraced in filling 10th spot behind Lovethehigherlaw in a Grade 1 bumper at Punchestown.

Philip Rothwell’s Divine Rhapsody is the interesting one in the Keg Security Tralee Maiden Hurdle.

Successful at the first time of asking at last year’s Punchestown festival, he wasn’t seen again until reappearing at Cheltenham in March.

The five-year-old ran a cracker to finish seventh to Cheltenian and is the choice.

Jessica Harrington’s Got Attitude, who performed better than his final eighth placing behind Shakalakaboomboom at Punchestown might suggest, should go close in the McSweeney Arms Hotel Handicap Chase.

The frustrating Catch Me, third over three miles behind Allee Garde at Gowran Park, might put his best foot forward in the M D O’Shea and Sons Hurdle.


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