Monday 18 December 2017

Hannah's can weave her Magic for Moore and leave rivals spellbound

Trainer Arthur Moore has two runners on the flat part at this evenings programme at Killarney. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
Trainer Arthur Moore has two runners on the flat part at this evenings programme at Killarney. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Arthur Moore, who has recently been more active on the Flat than at any other time in his illustrious career, can deliver tonight's nap with Hannah's Magic on the penultimate leg of Killarney's July Festival.

Since 2012, the Naas-based jumps legend has saddled seven winners on the level, a figure that previously took him 20 years to accumulate. Moore has two runners on the Flat part of this evening's programme, with Hannah's Magic holding a bundle of appeal in the 11-furlong fillies' handicap.

This is a competitive little race comprising some progressive fillies, including the selection's fellow three-year-olds Tarziyna and Princess Pearlita. Hannah's Magic will need to be at the top of her game, but she is a consistent individual that deserves her turn.

Placed for a third time in a row when second to Hellenistic at Leopardstown last week, she will relish this slight step up in trip. Over 10 furlongs at Leopardstown, Hannah's Magic just got caught flat-footed by the eventual winner.

Fran Berry, who was riding her for a first time on that occasion, will have learned plenty from the defeat, so the partnership is trusted to go one better now off the same rating. Berry also has a good ride aboard Jessica Harrington's Port Merrion in the Killarney Avenue/ Munster Joinery Handicap, but Mezogiorno is preferred in that for the Mick Halford-Shane Foley axis.

Rated as high as 71 last year, Mezogiorno has dropped a further two pounds for its recent Bellewstown defeat to a career-low mark of 63. The Zamindar filly didn't run too badly that day in eighth, so she might just outrun inflated odds here.

Ballydoyle's Tigris River ought to take the long-distance John Buckley Maiden that gets proceedings under way, while the €23,500 handicap hurdle could go to Quarton for Gordon Elliott.

The Michael Hourigan-trained Our Man Zebo, Barry Geraghty's only mount of the day, is feared as a potent danger, but Quarton absolutely sluiced up at Bellewstown 10 days ago. He gets in here off a 10lb higher mark under Davy Condon, and it would be no surprise to see him defy his hike in what is admittedly a better race.

The closing lady riders' bumper looks a good opportunity for Blue Owen to record a victory on just its third outing. Jessica Harrington's charge was a four-length second to Dubh Eilie at Gowran last time and is taken to go one place better.

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