KILLARNEY has long been lucky for Austin Leahy and the Limerick handler struck again at the track last night when Kims Dream landed a little gamble in the Killarney Oils Ltd Handicap.
Supported late from 12-1 to 8-1, the daughter of Antonius Pius surged through in the last hundred yards to collar the flattering Days Ahead and score by a neck under Emmet McNamara.
“She was very unlucky last Sunday (Tipperary), was almost on the floor after two furlongs”, reported Leahy. “She will go to Galway now, of course.”
Aidan O’Brien’s Don Leone, taken at 11-4 in the morning and from 9-4 to 7-4 on track, produced an extraordinary display to justify the wagers in the Mike Cronin Readymix Ltd In Association With Thermohouse Maiden.
He set off in front, but was under the pump a fair way out from Seamus Heffernan and the game appeared to be up when both High Magic and O’Belle Ballerina went past with less than two furlongs to cover.
The pair eased a couple of lengths clear, but then began to fold in unison and Heffernan galvanised Don Leone again.
In the end the son of Montjeu was well on top close home to win with a degree of ease by a length and a quarter.
Leonard Whitmore’s Casey Top won his first ever race over jumps when taking the Larkins’ Pub And Restaurant Milltown Handicap Hurdle.
Enterprisingly handled by Bryan Copper, he was on the pace throughout and certainly seems to have stamina in abundance.
Cooper drove the Topanoopra gelding to the front going to the second last and he found plenty to beat Your Busy, owned by Irish rugby international, Ronan O’Gara.
“We might find something for him at Galway now”, said Whitmore of Casey Top.
The Andrew Oliver-trained Cilium defied top weight in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Handicap.
Driven to the front by Colm O’Donoghue at the furlong pole, she stayed on to to beat Rory Anna, doing her best work at the end.
The four-year-old carried the Dublin colours and is owned by Tony Hanahoe, who won three All-Ireland medals with Dublin in the 70’s.
Edward O’Grady and Andrew McNamara continued on their merry winning way when Diophas landed the 3 Irish Open 29th July to 1st August Beginners Chase.
Owned by J P McManus, Diophas had been threatening to deliver for a while over fences and did the business in good style, under a powerful McNamara drive.
He was left in front four out, when Waly’s Own fell, and battled on in the straight, as favourite, Forjoetheplumber, not overly clever at the last, was a persistent challenger.
Silence Speaks, who won a short head at Wexford, was impressive in the ladbrokes.com Handicap Chase.
Confidently handled by Robert Jones, he cruised into the lead coming away from the third last and had plenty in the locker at the line.
Carrying the colours of Tipperary-based Cork man, Terry Ryan, Silence Speaks is trained by Denis Prendergast at Silverfort, near Moyglass, Co Tipperary. “He might go to Galway”, reported owner-Ryan
The O’Keeffe’s Marquee Hire Rathmore Ladies Bumper went to the Enda Bolger-trained Colonel Mortimer.
The son of Flemensfirth cantered to the front early in the straight, with Nina Carberry sitting motionless, and it was over in a matter of strides as he went clear to win by the proverbial street.
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