Thursday 24 October 2019

Josies Orders looks good for JP in Killarney feature

JP McManus. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
JP McManus. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

JP McManus will take some stopping as five of his charges head for the feature in Killarney this evening (7.40).

The Tote Killarney National Handicap Chase over 3m 2f, with a €70,000 prize fund, will be keenly contested and from the McManus pack Josies Orders looks to have the credentials to emerge victorious.

The Cross Country race specialist is given a go over normal park fences here at Killarney for this big prize and with a more favourable racing weight of his 10st 7lbs compared to the big weights he has to carry in his usual races, Josies Orders might be able to give his dozen rivals a bit to think about.

McManus also sends Campeador into the Sliabh Luachra Hurdle (5.40) with strong credentials, although Woodland Opera is likely to provide a stern threat.

The veteran hunters' chaser On The Fringe (8.10) is another strong contender for McManus, while Peter Fahey's Peregrine Run (7.10) was out of luck at Aintree over the National fences, but can get back to winning ways in the Grade Three Seamus Weldon John Deere An Riocht Chase.

There is also action at Roscommon today, where much of the interest will be in the bumper, in which the Gordon Elliott-trained Osmotic (8.30) will be hard to beat.

Yesterday at Killarney Elliott took the training honours with a brilliant 74/1 treble - the centrepiece of which was the success of 16/1 outsider Star Maker in the featured Kelly Brothers Handicap Hurdle under Denis O'Regan.

Elliott's other winners were ridden by Jack Kennedy, who steered Hammerstein (5/2 fav) to victory in the Killarney Towers Maiden Hurdle before making all on 1/4 hotpot Dinons in the Novice Chase.

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