Side with Salvador

El Salvador can land the Race over a mile and six at Killarney tonight.

He has already had a tough enough campaign, but is maintaining his form well and arrives on the back of a solid effort at Bellewstown ten days ago.

The five-year-old was somewhat uneasy in the market, despite having plenty in hand on official ratings.

In any case, El Salvador duly did the business, staying on strongly at the end of the 12 furlongs to prove three lengths too good for Orgilgo Bay.

All ground seems to come alike to him, so if the rain arrives it won’t be a major concern, and he is likely to be even more effective stepping up to a mile and a six.

The form received a minor boost when Orgilgo Bay won by half the track over flights at Downpatrick yesterday.

The most interesting contest on the card has to be the concluding Christy McSweeney Memorial Novice Chase, which brings together four previous winners over fences.

They are all useful to boot, but something has to give and the vote falls on Charles Byrnes’ Domination.

This versatile sort seems equally at home at this game, over flights and on the flat and has a touch of class.

He came from off the pace when landing the Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot and, considering had to make his own running in a small field in a Listed event at Sandown last time, wasn’t disgraced in finishing a close third behind Andrew Balding’s Havana Beat.

Strait Of Zanzibar, who dug deep to win a competitive handicap at Bellewstown, is the choice in a tricky Dermot O’Leary Memorial Rated Race.


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