Algonquin shines bright in Ruby Stakes
Jim Bolger claimed the Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes at Killarney last night as his progressive three-year-old Algonquin recorded his fourth win on the bounce.
Settled in mid-division by Kevin Manning, the grey made good ground on the outer in the early straight. The 9/2 shot was ridden to lead under two furlongs out and battled gamely to edge out 11/4 joint favourite Devonshire by a neck.
There was a gamble landed in the apprentice handicap over a mile as the Johnny Levins-trained Aye Aye Skipper (13/2 into 9/2) justified strong support under Donagh O'Connor.
Having raced mainly in fourth, the former Dean Ivolory-trained inmate hit the front with a furlong and a half left, and kept on well to score by a length and a half from Udogo.
The winner is owned by the OI OI Skipper Syndicate, which includes well-known sports journalists Daniel McDonnell and Johnny Ward who indicated afterwards the five-year-old might head next to Bellewstown.
This evening, the picturesque Co Kerry venue hosts a mixed card in which Jessica Harrington has decent prospects of recording a double with her two runners.
First up she saddles Gambling Girl in the mares' beginners chase and if this six-year-old takes to the larger obstacles, Robbie Power's mount should be able to make a winning debut over fences.
Gordon Elliott's Miss Dinamic, which has the benefit of a run over fences as well as point-to-point experience, looks the danger but the Harrington inmate was the highest rated of these over hurdles and can oblige with a decent round of jumping.
In the following Killarney Oaks Hotel Novice Chase, the Moone, Co Kildare handler's Rock The World rates the form choice on his second to Sizing Platinum at Galway, and the seven-year-old can prove too strong for Sunday's Tramore winner Upazo.