Sport Horse Racing

Monday 21 May 2018

Blackmore oozes class with Killarney double

Willie Mullins receives the Philips Lighting Sports Manager of the Month award for April from Catherine Lambe of Philips Lighting Ireland. Photo: Thomas Nolan Photography
Willie Mullins receives the Philips Lighting Sports Manager of the Month award for April from Catherine Lambe of Philips Lighting Ireland. Photo: Thomas Nolan Photography

Michael Verney

Rachael Blackmore gave another advertisement of her brilliance in the saddle when swooping late aboard outsider Icantsay to take the Killarney National for Tipperary trainer John Patrick Ryan yesterday.

Blackmore secured a 75.5/1 double on the day as she picked up a winning spare ride with Benkei (7/2 favourite) in the earlier handicap hurdle after Phillip Enright was stood down following a heavy fall on Sunday.

Ballyoisin (5/4 favourite) justified strong market support to land the Grade Three An Riocht Chase with a front-running Barry Geraghty dominating affairs on Enda Bolger's seven-year-old.

"He is an improving horse," Bolger said. "Barry, Frank (Berry) and JP (McManus) will discuss plans now but he might be vulnerable coming up that Galway hill for the Galway Plate so we'll see. He's a speedy fellow and we'll follow the prize money."

Elsewhere, Ann Mooney notched her first winner in the training ranks when producing Full Shilling (12/1) to land the Ballykisteen Handicap at Tipperary in the hands of veteran jockey Niall McCullagh.

Meanwhile, a seven-race Flat card completes the final action of the Killarney Festival today where Willie Mullins' SCARPETA is the clear choice in the Leane's Tool Hire Handicap (8.10).

Fourth behind Samcro in the Neptune Novices' Hurdle at this year's Cheltenham Festival, the five-year-old will relish the 2m1f stamina test and can score on his return to the level for Colin Keane having won three times on the Flat when trained by Mark Johnson in England.

Joseph O'Brien's CAMILE is another worth noting in the Dublin Coach Handicap (7.40) as the mare goes in search of her hat-trick. With his brother and Classic-winning jockey Donnacha in the plate, she is the form pick.

Patrick Prendergast can also continue his rich vein of form with recent Leopardstown scorer TRIPLE SEC setting a good standard in the John Lane & Sons Handicap (7.10).

Irish Independent

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