Diophas can get off mark over fences

DIOPHAS gets the nap to get off the mark over fences in the 3 Irish Open 29th July to 1st August Beginners Chase at Killarney tonight.

Edward O’Grady has his team in good shape and this looks a very suitable opportunity for the relatively experienced seven-year-old.

He was given a pop in a winners’ chase at Roscommon last month and didn’t perform at all badly in finishing fourth behind Tribes And Banner.

The ground was on the fast side that day and all the evidence is the selection needs cut to be seen at his best.

Aidan O’Brien runs two, Don Leone and Caribbean Sea, in the Mike Cronin Readymix Ltd in association with Thermohouse Maiden and they are both undoubtedly a long way down the pecking order at Ballydoyle.

Caribbean Sea is hard enough to fancy, but Don Leone is capable of a big run and is the choice to take a moderate contest.

Don Leone showed a glimpse of ability when four and a half lengths second behind Third Intention at Bellewstown and, now that he has started to come forward, may continue the progression.

Tommy Stack’s Ballygologue gets the nod in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Handicap. Fourth behind Lynott at Roscommon last time, she has her burden significantly reduced by Joseph O’Brien’s 7lbs claim.

Your Busy, successful in ordinary races at Ballinrobe and Bellewstown, should go close off bottom weight in the Larkins’ Pub And Restaurant Milltown Handicap Hurdle.


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