Thursday 22 February 2018

Silver Concorde primed for take-off en route to Galway

Former Cheltenham Festival winner Silver Concorde
Former Cheltenham Festival winner Silver Concorde

Thomas Kelly

Silver Concorde is the star turn on day two of the July Festival meeting at Killarney, and the former Cheltenham Festival winner should get back to winning ways in the Celtic Steps At Killarney Racecourse Race.

The seven-year-old gelding enjoyed a stellar bumper campaign last year when landing the Weatherbys Champion Bumper and also filling the runner-up spot behind Shaneshill at Punchestown.

The son of Dansili justified short odds on his only previous outing on the level when taking a Navan maiden last autumn but subsequently failed to really take to jumping in two hurdle starts.

However, being trained by Dermot Weld for Dr Ronan Lambe, it would seem highly likely that he will be part of the powerful Rosewell House team at Galway in a few weeks' time, and his performance here will be closely monitored with that in mind.

The Bourn Vincent Memorial Handicap Chase is the feature event on this mixed card, and Shanahan's Turn adds a touch of class as the top-weight in this €30,000 event over two miles and a furlong.

The Henry de Bromhead-trained gelding rather lost his way after taking the Grade Two Dobbins Florida Pearl Novice Chase at Punchestown last November, and it will be interesting to see how he gets on over this shorter trip.

Willie Mullins has his summer string in good form having sent out a treble at Sligo on Sunday, and the Grade Two-placed Un Beau Roman will have the invaluable assistance of Ruby Walsh. The seven-year-old has kept excellent company since going over fences, finishing second in a Grade 2 and a Grade 3, and was last seen finishing third to Clarcam at Navan in December.

Aidan O'Brien has kept Cradle Mountain very busy this year and although he came up short in a Listed heat at Roscommon last week, the International Hotel Killarney Rated Race is more his level.

Best Kept Secret is another hardy sort for O'Brien and tackles the Ross Golf Course Handicap (Div 1), while the second instalment sees the Andy Oliver-trained Alcock And Brown attempting to supplement his recent Fairyhouse triumph.

The action gets under way at 5.30 with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, in which Boherbuoy and Aimhirgin Lass strive to go one better than on debut

Irish Independent

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