THE very promising Mossey Joe strolled to victory in the O’Keeffe, O’Shea, O’Connor Solicitors’ Novice Chase at Killarney last night.
Barry Geraghty did a splendid job on the imposing eight-year-old, who has always had a tendency to run far too keenly for his own good.
Trained by Declan McNamara at Cratloe, Co Clare, Mossey Joe never left second gear and it was always a question of when Geraghty pressed the button.
The winner blundered three out, but was quickly in front, striding clear to score hard-held by 14 lengths.
Said McNamara: “He did what we hoped he would. We have tried everything to get him to settle, we even fitted ear-plugs.
“I will speak to the owner, but would like to give him one more run before he is left off.”
Pat Smullen was seen at his strongest when driving Andrew Oliver’s Further Detail to victory in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Median Auction Maiden.
Smullen launched a fierce challenge from the furlong pole to beat Kate Greenaway by half a length.
“He was a bit unlucky at Roscommon last time and, maybe, the track didn’t suit”, said Oliver. “Pat gave him a great ride, we will now see what the handicapper does and take it from there.”
Betrothed, well supported to redeem the promise of her seasonal debut second at the Curragh, ran no race and was one of the first beaten.
Wayne Lordan, who partnered Betrothed, subsequently reported to the stewards that she had failed to handle the track.
Smullen completed a double when Sense Of Purpose, backed from 8-11 to 4-9, took the www.goracingkilllarney.com Race.
She was far from impressive, however, and had to get the full Smullen treatment to beat Run For Sol by a hard-earned length.
Sounds Of Jupiter was a desperately unlucky loser of the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Beginners Chase.
He made a lot of the running and had the contest in safe keeping coming away from the final fence.
Sounds Of Jupiter soon lost his action, however, and had to be virtually pulled up by Davy Russell. Unfortunately, he collapsed after the winning line, suffering a fatal heart attack.
Big Dano, a 28-1 shot, was left in front and made the rest for Tom Doyle to beat Meritorious.
The winner is trained by Pat Flavin at Tramore and he was represented by his son, John.
Commented Flavin junior: “He won a point-to-point on the bridle, but we weren’t sure about him dropping back in trip. He’s an unbelievable jumper and I had a few quid on at 40-1, which makes it even better.” Big Dano paid over 76-1 on the Tote
The under-used Keagan Latham produced Trans City with a sweeping run down the outside to land the Next Racing Festival July 11th to 14th Handicap.
Winning trainer, Ger Lyons, was represented by his brother, Shane, who said: “It is a long way down and is great to have a winner, we have not had much luck at the Kerry tracks. This is an improving horse and will make a lovely jumper next season.”
Gary Carroll, who rode Beauty Express in this race, was found guilty of careless riding and suspended for two days.
Rock On Ciara, a little unlucky at Cork on Friday night, made no mistake in the Killarney Vintners’ Handicap.
She eased ahead under two furlongs down for Emmet McNamara and soon skipped clear.
Trainer, Joe Murphy, said: “She was number 20 on the ballot and when she got in Emmet was the first on the phone. She is learning how to race and will go for another little handicap.”
The Killarney Outlook Handicap Chase was a modest contest, but won with plenty in hand by Harold’s Cross.
He came there cantering in the straight, led at the second last and only had to be pushed out by Alan Crowe to score by ten lengths.
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