Man can make rivals look ordinary
ORDINARY MAN is fancied to build on his recent Clonmel triumph when he tackles the featured Sheahan's Bar Killorglin Handicap Hurdle on day three of the Killarney Festival this evening.
The €16,250 contest promises to be informative, with a dozen relatively smart sorts out to enhance their reputations. Jessica Harrington's No One Tells Me, a comfortable winner at Tipperary on her latest jumping start, tops the field off 11st 10lb, while Noel Meade's Original Option and Define are just two others that head for Kerry in good heart.
Define, in particular, may represent a value each-way option, as James Motherway's charge has run consistently well without enjoying much luck since being upped in trip. Still, Ordinary Man is preferred for the win.
Liam Burke's six-year-old justified strong support to get off the mark over two and a half miles last time, but the manner of his victory suggested that the extra couple of furlongs that he encounters tonight would suit.
A genuine improver, judged on previous form Shay Barry's mount looks well in off 10st 9lb for a rating of 109.
In the preceding Ladbrokes.com Handicap Chase, Hot Friend can defy top-weight for the Robert Tyner-Philip Enright axis. Successful at Tipperary in May, Hot Friend lost little in defeat when subsequently second to Harold's Cross at the same venue.
His conqueror came out and scored again off a 10lb higher mark, so Hot Friend might well have enough in hand here. One of his rivals that is sure to be popular is Tony Martin's Adrianeo with Ruby Walsh up, but the eight-year-old remains unconvincing.
Earlier, Walsh has the leg-up on Willie Mullins' For The Staff in the O'Keefe's Marquee Hire Rathmore Beginners' Chase. A slightly frustrating animal, For The Staff is passed over in favour of Charlie Swan's Derinlaur, which has fine placed form behind the Galway Plate-bound Bahrain Storm and St Devote on his only two previous outings over fences.
The day's nap selection is Sam Lord's Castle in the Killarney Oils maiden. Trained by Aidan O'Brien, the half-brother to the classy Damson ran well when second to Kastania at Fairyhouse, and the step up to 14 furlongs here should be right up his street.
On an all-jumping card up at Downpatrick, last season's champion conditional jockey Bryan Cooper has a few interesting spins, including Mister First and Bandra Bullet in the two maiden hurdles. Both horses have posted solid placed efforts en route here, and should be up to getting off the mark now.
Glibin is another that ought to build on some recent near misses in the mares' bumper. Court Lexi provides able opposition here under Nina Carberry, but Colin Bowe's consistent Glibin has run into a few decent sorts when accruing three runner-up finishes, as evidenced by her latest defeat to Miss Accurate, which followed up in a maiden hurdle next time out at Sligo.