Barry's Kalanisi King to be crowned at Harvest Festival
Shay Barry's Kalanisi King is napped to plunder the last race on the first day of Listowel's Harvest Festival tomorrow.
The five-year-old tackles the two-mile bumper under Richie Kiely, having caught the eye at Killarney recently on its first start since running well in a good Leopardstown contest back in January. Kalanisi King raced a mite keenly in Robbie McNamara's hands last month, but he wasn't knocked about when he came under pressure in the straight.
He eventually finished fifth behind Double Speak, and the form was nicely franked when the fourth home, Fill Your Hands, won a bumper at Roscommon. Tomorrow, Barry has opted to put a hood on the five-year-old to help Kiely settle him. If it works, the suspicion is that the partnership will be too good in what is a moderate enough race.
The preceding €34,000 handicap chase is the Feale-side venue's feature event. Arthur Moore's Back Off Mate is the only one of the eight runners that comes here with a win to his name, having scored on the Flat and over fences recently.
Lord Ben tops the weights, and he appeals as the pick of the lot. Fifth in Galway Plate after making much of the running, Henry De Bromhead's nine-year-old has been in fine heart in recent months. With rising star Johnny Burke set to take five pounds off, he could have a big say again on what is his favoured good ground.
Andrew Lynch - deposed by Burke as Alan Potts' retained rider this week - and Paul Carberry make their respective comebacks from injury on the card. Carberry rides Noel Meade's Thomond in the beginners' chase. De Bromhead's Burke-ridden Sizing Solution is an obvious danger, but Thomond ought to win this.
A respectable second to Aranhill Chief at Galway, he has become a tad frustrating. However, this 12-runner contest is very winnable, provided he jumps with fluency.