The progressive Olympiad might be capable of giving Dermot Weld a fourth consecutive win in the www.goracingkillarney.com Race, finale of Killarney’s three-day May meeting.
The Master of Rosewell House has landed the last three renewals of this one mile, six furlong event and, although tonight’s race looks particularly competitive, Pat Smullen is expected to steer the lightly-raced Galileo colt to victory.
Olympiad has raced only three times, showing definite promise when chasing home Admiral Of The Red in a Leopardstown maiden last May.
Off the track until last month, the selection prevailed by a nose over the highly-regarded Zafarqand in a Gowran Park maiden, which caused more than its share of controversy.
Whatever your opinion on the Stewards’ decision to allow the result stand, Olympiad shaped like a potentially decent stayer and can prove the point tonight.
On official ratings, the Weld colt has 8lb to find with Tommy Stack’s Parkers Mill, fourth to Sharestan in the Irish Lincoln before finishing a distant fifth to Windsor Palace in the recent and controversial Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh.
Parkers Mill had never raced beyond a mile and a quarter, which might cause him problems against proven stayer Olympiad. And the flat-bred pair should fight it out, ahead of Edward O’Grady’s The Real Article.
Parkers Mill’s trainer Tommy Stack has a good strike-rate in Killarney and has prospects with 86-rated seasonal debutant Van Rooney in the mile maiden.
But Wayne Lordan’s mount might be up against it here, facing the Paul Deegan-trained Luccioal, a fast finisher when beaten a short-head by Strada Colorato in a mile maiden at Naas.
And the Stack-trained Croi An Or, runner-up to Backbench Blues in Naas recently, might not cope with Aidan O’Brien’s Thomasgainsborough, dropping into handicap company in the Dunloe Handicap having finished fourth to Goldoni in the Investec Derby Trial at Epsom last time.
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