Monday 16 July 2018

Walsh and 'Vegas' can strike it lucky at Killarney

Lagostovegas did not quite see it out over two miles and over six furlongs at Galway, but she should have the pace to cope with tonight’s distance for Walsh. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Lagostovegas did not quite see it out over two miles and over six furlongs at Galway, but she should have the pace to cope with tonight’s distance for Walsh. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Punters have York to keep them entertained earlier and 14 races in Ireland this evening to bite into, with Killarney and Kilbeggan hosting fixtures.

Racing channel At The Races could not function without Irish racing and it sponsors the Killarney feature, a €50,000 handicap hurdle that is full of intriguing contenders. JP McManus has at least two live candidates, Timiyan dropping in class after flopping in the Galway Hurdle, but preference is for the Ruby Walsh-ridden Lagostovegas.

She did not quite see it out over two miles and over six furlongs at Galway, but she should have the pace to cope with tonight's distance for Walsh and Willie Mullins.

Brutal - with a three-figured Flat rating for Qatar Racing - was a highly unexpected jumping recruit but he landed the first juvenile maiden hurdle of the campaign at Cork for Gordon Elliott. He can uphold a beating over Grey Waters in the Seamus Mulvaney Bookmakers 3-Y-O Hurdle. The John J. Galvin & Son Limited Rated Race can go to Bella Estrella, which is hard enough to oppose.

She looks to have enough scope about her for Dermot Weld to beat a fairly exposed bunch.

The Plaza Hotel Handicap will be a tight betting race but Prospectus must be a well-treated horse. He may need the run a little, as Gavin Cromwell will have jumping targets ahead.

Kilbeggan's meeting is quite enticing and the pivot heat, a €20,000 handicap hurdle, looks a nice opportunity for Whiteout. She should score if running to her mark, which is far from certain, giving hope to the likes of Automated.

Gigginstown is strongly represented in the maiden chase but A Sizing Network may prove a poignant winner for Alan Potts, whose wife Ann passed away last week after a long battle with illness. Potts' retained rider Robbie Power is in the plate.

Mark Walsh returns and can take the handicap chase on Eric McNamara's well-treated Irish Bulletin.

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