RONNIE O’LEARY’S Schelm outclassed his rivals to easily win the featured J and B O’Sullivan Builders’ Ltd Chase at Killarney last night.
He has been a fine money-spinner over a number of years and this was his 11th career success.
Schelm has won four times on the flat and on seven occasions over jumps, including four chases.
Beautifully handled by David Casey, the eight-year-old eased past Killenaule Boy between the final two fences to score going away by three lengths.
Commented O’Leary: “He was brilliant and jumped like a buck. We were hoping the rain wouldn’t come, but it arrived too late to do any damage.
“I don’t think there is anything for him at Galway, so we will go home now and make a plan.”
John Kiely’s Crowning Moment battled on strongly for Niall McCullagh to take the Killarney Avenue/Munster Joinery Handicap.
McCullagh powered the daughter of Johannesburg to the front with less than a furlong to go to beat Aliceaneileen by three parts of a length.
“We were hoping she would run well”, said Kiely. “The blinkers were put on because we thought she was idling a bit.”
Tommy Stack - who has a fine record at Killarney over the years - struck in the first, the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Median Auction Maiden, with Cambina.
Carrying the colours of Sue Magnier, the daughter of Hawk Wing was very light in the market.
In Good Voice tried to make all, but the winner found plenty for Wayne Lordan driving and was well on top close home to score by a length. “She kept at it and stays well”, reported Stack.
Keagan Latham and Shane Foley were found guilty of riding carelessly in this contest and both were suspended for two days.
The Pat Carey-trained Driveheron faces a bit of a hike in the weights, after winning the John Buckley Auctioneers’ Handicap by five lengths.
Having only her second outing for Carey, the daughter of Catcher In The Rye streaked into the lead for Shane Gorey a furlong and a half out and was soon in total control.
“I have her about eight weeks and she seems to have improved a lot”, said Carey. “I told all the lads to back her each-way.
“She has been waiting on cut in the ground, didn’t travel well through the race, but stayed at it.”
Danny Mullins was found guilty of riding carelessly in this contest and suspended for three days.
In-form Shay Barry gave Brog An Ri the full treatment to land the Bourn Vincent Memorial Park/Killarney Racegoers’ Club Maiden Hurdle.
Pops Rocket flattered at the last, but Barry conjured a fine burst from his charge to grab the initiative near the line.
Favourite, Riverstown, was a major disappointment. He pulled much too hard for his own good and had nothing left a long way out.
The Bumper saw The Grey Express, trained by Pat Fahy and partnered by his son, Conor, get the best of a tight tussle with All For Free.
This was a fourth success for Conor (19) who rode his first winner in this race a year earlier.
The brothers Shaun and Martin Harley joined forces with Belle Noverre to win the Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Claiming Race.
Martin drove the mare to the front inside the furlongt pole to beat the running-on Maal by a length and a half.
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