Sunday 18 August 2019

Lakemilan can deliver in Killarney showdown

Trainer Terence O'Brien. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile
Trainer Terence O'Brien. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile

A mixed card kicks off the Killarney July Festival, with Frankie Dettori's arrival on Wednesday set to be the highlight of the week at the picturesque Kerry venue.

The BoyleSports Handicap Chase hogs the spotlight this evening and the Terence O'Brien-trained LAKEMILAN (7.20, Killarney) may prove the answer in a trappy contest.

Just the eight runners go to post for the €50,000 Grade B heat and the seven-year-old is a consistent performer at this level. Lakemilan won a Grade B hurdle at the August meeting here last year and was placed in a similar chase at Cork last October.

The finale this evening sees Willie Mullins unleash a three-pronged attack in the BetVictor Novice Chase. Brahma Bull, Pont Aven and Robin De Carlow all won last time out for the champion trainer but its DINONS (8.50, Killarney) who is preferred.

The Gordon Elliott-trained runner has been expertly placed by Elliott to rack up seven wins and his debut over fences here was very impressive.

Dinons has to concede weight all round here but should be able to keep up his winning sequence over the larger obstacles.

On the Flat, FLICKER FLAME (6.50, Killarney) can score again for the brothers Joseph and Donnacha O'Brien. Up at Downpatrick, John McConnell can continue his fine run of form with one of his stable stars HANNON (3.00) capable of winning the opening Plus2Print Remembering Tony Oakes Hurdle.

Indeed, CONSTRUCT (3.30, Downpatrick) can give McConnell a quick-fire double in the following Tony Patterson Sports Grounds Maiden Hurdle.

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