Riven Light to Shine in Galway Hurdle

By Luke

The feature race on day four is the Guineas Galway Hurdle Handicap over two miles. Riven Light returns to hurdles for the first time since the Punchestown Festival back in 2017. He finished second in a Novice Hurdle beaten a neck. Since then he has shown his class on the flat reaching a mark of 112 after winning the Colm Quinn BMW Mile at last years festival. Since last season he has finished second in a Listed race at the Curragh beaten a short-head. I think if he can jump well he will go close at 10/1.

Race one is the Guinness Beginners Chase over two miles and six furlongs. Early Doors turns his hand to fences after spending two seasons over hurdles. He was last seen winning the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham when finishing strongly over two and a half miles. Prior to that he was a distant second in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown. If he can take to fences I think he will be hard to beat at 10/11.

Race two is the Guinness Open Gate Brewery Novice Chase over two miles and two furlongs. Wicklow Brave made a smart start to life over fences when winning at Ballinrobe easily. While the one and half lengths back to the second may not seem far, it was the way he went by, effortlessly cruising to the lead. He is a former classic winner, winning the Irish St.Ledger back in 2016. He is now ten but I think he has a class edge on the field and will be hard to beat at 15/8.

Race three is the Rockshore Handicap over a mile. Koybig comes into this race off the back of a win at Killarney. He was raised five pounds for the win and runs off a mark of 76. He has previously won off a mark of 80 and has a good draw in stall six. I think he will go close with Donagh O’Connor in the saddle at 17/2.

Race four is the Arthur Guinness Irish EBF Corrib Fillies Stakes over seven furlongs. Fire Fly was last seen finishing sixth at Fairyhouse behind the favourite, Surrounding. I think she is better than her positions suggests. She was slow out of the gates and also hadn’t a clear run in the straight. She wasn’t beaten far and now receives three more pounds off Surrounding then when racing at Fairyhouse. I think she will outrun her odds of 14/1.

Race five is the Guinness Novice Hurdle over two and a half miles. Doctor Duffy brings strong form into the race. He was last seen finishing a close second behind the inform Peregrine Run, beaten three quarters of a length at Cork. Prior to that he was unbeaten over hurdles winning two races in a row. I think with Davy Russell in the saddle he will go close at 6/4.

Preview of Day Three of the Galway Festival

By Luke

The feature race of the week is the Tote.com Galway Plate over two miles and six furlongs. This years renewal has a quality field declared with twenty two runners heading to post. It will be interesting to see Yorkhill running on the right handed track. Everyone can recall when he threw away the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase back in 2017. Since then he hasn’t been in great form, but it will be interesting to see how he gets on.

Gordon runs five including favourite, Borice. He was last seen in England winning by wide margins on two occasions. He gets in off a light weight and is the worthy favourite. Barra represents last years winning connections of Gigginstown with Mark Enright in the saddle. She was last seen falling at Kilbeggan when leading at the last fence. If that fall hasn’t left its mark she could run well. Gordon is also represented by Mengli Khan, Ravenhill and A Toi Phil. 

Willie Mullins runs three. Pylonthepressure gets into the race after two withdrawals. He was last seen finishing second behind the inform Peregrine Run who lines up again. The Peter Fahey trained horse has enjoyed racing this summer getting five wins in a row. Willie Mullins is also represented by Pravalaguna and the aforementioned Yorkhill.

The horse I like is Poker Party for Henry De Bromhead with Rachael Blackmore in the saddle. He done well last year picking up two handicap chases at Naas. He also was placed twice against good opposition. He gets in off a low weight off ten stone and four pounds and I think he will go close at 16/1.

Race two is off at 5:40 over two miles and five furlongs. Megalomaniac has been in good form of late winning over hurdles and fences. On his penultimate start he won over hurdles at Clonmel, he won by three and three quarter lengths with a further nine and a half lengths back to the third. I think there is still more to come and he can go close at 4/1.

Race three is off at 6:10 and is run over two miles. Miss Sassie runs for Paul Nolan with Bryan Cooper in the saddle. She was last seen running well in Kilbeggan in the Galway Plate Trial when finishing a close fourth. She is rated 122 over fences and runs off her lower mark of 106 over hurdles. I think she will go close at 12/1.

Race six is off at 8:00 over one mile and a half furlong. Frosty Beach was last seen winning at Naas over a mile. That was her first run over a mile since her debut in 2018 and it brought out the best in her. This daughter of Footstepsinthesand finished off strongly to win at Naas. I think the stiff finish will suit and I think if she can overcome the draw she will go close at 4/1.



Glorious Goodwood 2019 Day Two Preview

By Samantha

Unibet Goodwood Handicap

This is a race over a trip more commonly seen with obstacles involved in. Last year, this race was made his own by Lil Rockerfeller. This vibrant chestnut, who has won three chases since his all-the-way heroics of last year, stays, goes on any ground and it’ll be tough to beat him but there’s a horse who I think can – DUBAWI FIFTY. Off since suffering an injury after a brilliant second at Royal Ascot last year in the Ascot Stakes over this trip, he showed that he didn’t lack any enthusiasm for the job to only be beaten a head in the Northumberland Plate. He was keen and will most definitely improve for that. Danny Tudhope gets on board for the first time and I have faith that they can win for Karen McLintock and their team. The Grand Visir won the Ascot Stakes this year in good to soft ground but dropped back to two miles for the Marsh Cup and ended up seventh so will need to step up. Others with chances are Mancini, Age Of Wisdom and Bailarico at bigger prices with Timoshenko an interesting runner after almost a year’s absence and stepping up in trip.

Unibet Handicap

Mind The Crack completed a double over this at the start of the season and couldn’t quite handle a step up in grade and trip the next twice. His stable mates are Sir Ron Priestley and Persian Moon. The former is three from four this season and has also been running over further. His only defeat this season was in a competitive Royal Ascot Handicap so is one of the likely favourites. Persian Moon was a neck behind EMINENCE in that race when they were third and fourth. Subsequently, Persian Moon has been seventh of seven and second in a Listed race beaten three lengths but Eminence was only beaten a head last time in a ‘rated race’ at Fairyhouse so is preferred. Le Don De Vie has been bought by new connections after winning at the Derby meeting and should go well. Tribal Craft, Dubai Tradition and Durston have won their last two and there is something of the ‘Frankie Factor’ on Kosciuszko, who was fifth over this trip last time.

Molecomb Stakes

There’s interest from abroad in this group three with an American runner (Mavern) and a French runner (Fan Club Rules). Mavern is preferred as she’s won both her two races, including a group three at Chantilly, beating Fan Club Rules. LIBERTY BEACH was almost unbeaten but finished fourth in the Queen Mary. She won a listed prize last time and I think is a filly who is still on the upgrade. Hand On My Heart made all to win her first race but was quite novicey. Her trainer is excellent with sprinters and they unleashed a similar type in the Vintage Stakes on the opening day who ran a blinder. Dr Simpson and Raahy won last time. The latter beat Cool Sphere who’s genuinely the most gorgeous horse you’ll ever see.

Qatar Sussex Stakes

There’s a fifty/fifty split of older horses and three year olds within the eight runners. The older horses have been dominant so far this season, for example when Enable and Crystal Ocean beat this year’s Derby winner in the King George last Saturday. The four are – Accidental Agent, Lord Glitters, Zabeel Prince and I Can Fly. Accidental Agent and Lord Glitters are the past two winners of the Queen Anne. Accidental Agent refused to race at Royal Ascot this year and has since came fourth in the Summer Mile. The consistent Lord Glitters finished late and fast to land the former contest and goes on any ground. Zabeel Prince won a group one in France in May but hasn’t fired since, admittedly they were behind Crystal Ocean and Enable. I Can Fly has been third the last twice and is a good filly but these older brigade don’t look up to the standard of the four three year olds. Phoenix Of Spain and Too Darn Hot have faced off three times in total. Too Darn Hot came out on top by one and three quarter lengths in the Champagne Stakes at two; Phoenix Of Spain won the Irish 2000 by three lengths and then they were both behind Circus Maximus in the St James’s Palace Stakes. (Too Darn Hot third and Phoenix Of Spain sixth). Too Darn Hot had no excuses that day but has subsequently won a grade one at Deauville. Phoenix Of Spain was reported to be very under the weather when he got home after that so hopefully he’s got over whatever issue he had and will be better for this. The intriguing runner is CIRCUS MAXIMUS. He won the Dee Stakes and then ran sixth in the Derby. It was a surprise that he was dropped to a mile and supplemented into the St James’s Palace and he did it really well. He’s been supplemented for this too so that should be a good sign. Happy Power makes up the field and won a listed race, beating older horses, on his penultimate start but he doesn’t look up to this judging on his recent effort.

Alice Keppel Fillies Conditions Stakes

MIGHTY SPIRIT is a mighty little filly as her name suggests. Sixth in the Queen Mary and third in the Super Sprint, this is easier than those and I hope she can finally get her head in front.

British EBF Premier Fillies Handicap

OCALA won at Chester on the last day and beat one of today’s rivals in the process. Hopefully will go well.

New and Lingwood Handicap

This looks and open race. CHAPELLI’s yard is flying and she wasn’t disgraced last time. The trip could be a problem but has each way claims.

Three selections for Day Two of the Galway Festival

By Luke

Day two gets underway with the Colm Quinn BMW Novice Hurdle over two miles. Road To Dubai runs for Gordon Elliot with Keith Donoghue in the saddle. Since moving from George Scott’s yard, he has done well over hurdles for Gordon. He was last seen finishing second at Down Royal behind Goose Man beaten a neck. Back in third on that day was Grade 2 winner Rashaan. Prior to that he won well at Ballinrobe, winning by four lengths and it was twenty eight lengths back to the third.  I think he is going the right way and will go close at 10/3.

Race three is the Colm Quinn BMW Irish EBF Fillies Maiden over seven furlongs. Too  Soon To Panic comes into this race after a very nice debut. This daughter of Gleneagles ran well to finish third at Leopardstown behind Cayenne Pepper. The first, second and fourth have all came out and won since. I think with the natural progression for the run she will go close at 9/4.

Race five is the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap. Numerian was unlucky in running when last seen at Royal Ascot. He ran into traffic twice and ran on very well to finish fifth. That was his first run on turf after only racing at Dundalk prior to the run. He is drawn well in stall four and I think with more luck in running he will go close at 4/1.


Glorious Goodwood 2019 Day One Preview

By Samantha

Glorious Goodwood is here and day one looks to be a cracker. Following on from the heroics of stablemate Enable, Stradivarius is looking to get one step closer to his second £1MILLION bonus in the Qatar Goodwood Cup. That’s the feature contest but there is plenty more top class action on day one of Glorious Goodwood.

Unibet Handicap

One Mile One Furlong, Class Two

Godolphin are looking to start the day off on a good note with the top two in the weights – Setting Sail and Mountain Hunter. James Doyle rides 104 rated SETTING SAIL. Three from seven, he ran creditably last time behind a smart winner at York after winning at Newmarket in good style. He’s gone up 9lbs but seems a progressive four year old. Mountain Hunter is burdened with the top weight of 9st10 but this Tamarillo gelding has promising apprentice Cieran Fallon on board, taking off 5lbs. He won twice in Meydan over the winter and returned to England with a fifth in the Wolferton Stakes.
Mark Johnston has a good record in this and the yard is flying. His representatives ate Aquarium, who has been badly out of form, and Ventura Knight. Ryan Moore is an interesting booking on the latter. A seven time winner, he’s 2lbs higher than his latest start and has placed over a mile and two before. He’s drawn in the same stall as last year’s winner. Beringer was a short head second at Sandown earlier this month and the son of Sea The Stars is 3lbs higher than the last time he won. He was second over course and distance last August and has Andrea Atzeni on board.

Soto Sizzler nearly made it three from his last three starts at Kempton last time but was a well beaten second to an extremely progressive horse. He’s dropping back to the shortest trip he has ever tackled. He carries the same weight as Bless Him, who showed a good return to form at Windsor last time. He won off 90 in the Britannia Stakes in 2017 and he’s on his closest mark to that since then. Could be some each way value. Johnny Drama is unexposed and has recently moved to Andrew Balding from Ger Lyons. He won at Roscommon by seven lengths in May and then was thirteenth in the Duke Of Edinburgh. Lots more to come. First Sitting has won twice over course and distance, including a Listed race, which was his most recent win. He’s down to 97 from 110 but is now eight.

1st Setting Sail
2nd Soto Sizzler
3rd Belss Him

Qatar Vintage Stakes

Seven Furlongs, Group Two

This looks a really exciting renewal. The form of the two Godolphin runners – Pinatubo and Platinum Star – ties in together as they faced off on debut. They finished first and second respectively. Subsequently, PINATUBO won the Woodcote at the Epsom Derby meeting and the listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot beating 5/4 favourite and hype-horse Lope Y Fernandez. The Aidan O’Brien horse won really strongly on debut and will come on for Ascot. I was there when Platinum Star won easily on his second start at Leicester, beating a subsequent winner and has since then been beaten a half length in the Windsor Castle and a short head second in the July Stakes beating Visinari. Stepping up in trip, I don’t doubt he’ll appreciate it as his older sister won a Listed race over a mile and the dam is a half sister to group one winner Arcano. Definitely has each way claims. Visinari is to be partnered by Frankie Dettori again after they finished third to Royal Lytham and Platinum Star. People were raving about him before that because he was all all-the-way winner on debut but he should be bigger than 11/4.

Positive has been thrown in the deep end after an easy five length win on debut. He’s bred to stay further being out of a one mile four winner. Mystery Power is also putting his unbeaten record on the line after winning on debut and then in the group two Superlative Stakes. He has a 3lbs penalty for that in this and it makes it tougher for him. He’s rated 2lbs higher than his nearest rival though. Milltown Star is most exposed and has won his last two by a combined seven lengths. This looks a bit hot for him.

1st Pinatubo
2nd Mystery Power
3rd Platinum Star

Qatar Lennox Stakes

Seven Furlongs, Group 2

This race is over seven furlongs but for the older horses. There are a few course and distance winners in the line-up including the winners of the last two renewals, Sir Dancealot and Breton Rock. Sir Dancealot won the Hungerford after that but has struggled subsequently. Seven furlongs on good ground is ideal. Breton Rock, on the other hand, would prefer cut in the ground but this gallant nine year old has been beaten a long way since he was third last year. Flaming Spear hasn’t been seen for 251 days and he won a class two here in August last year. He won the listed Hyde Stakes last time but there are more fancied runners like James Tate’s HEY GAMAN. The New Approach colt won the Listed King Richard III Stakes at Leicester beating Donjuan Triumphant and then won a group three at Longchamp. He was second to Romanised in a group two ten days ago and he appears to be a progressive four year old.

The other four year olds are Speak In Colours, Pretty Baby and Zaaki. The former is stepping up to seven furlongs for the first time after winning a Listed race at the Curragh. Pretty Baby is five from eight and won a group three at Lingfield before flopping in the Duke Of Cambridge over a mile. This is a better trip for her but is on a retrieval mission. Zaaki won a listed race and a group three on his first two starts this season. Then he was beaten a nose to the ill-fated Beat The Bank over seven furlongs earlier this month, beating Suedois. Leading contender. Suedois is a model of consistency and was third in the Criterion before that. Space Traveller appears to be a nice type after winning the Jersey Stakes. The only three year old. Donjuan Triumphant has struggled since winning a Listed race last season.

1st Hey Gaman
2nd Zaaki
3rd Suedois

Qatar Goodwood Cup Stakes

Two Miles, Group One

STRADIVARIUS is looking to win this race for the third year in a row and continue on his way to becoming a millionaire for the second time. All the form is there – unbeaten since May 2018; stays this trip; beat Dee Ex Bee and Cross Counter last time at Royal Ascot and beat Southern France in the Yorkshire Cup. He’s rated 2lbs higher than all of his rivals and he has been the dominant force in this division for the past two seasons.

Dee Ex Bee ran in the Epsom Derby 2018 and showed he was a stayer in the making by winning convincingly in the Sagaro Stakes and the Henry II Stakes. I don’t think he quite stayed the trip and will prefer this. The other Farhh colt is Wells Farhh Go. He’s four from seven and in the three races he was never beaten far. He won the Listed Fred Archer Stakes by four lengths last time and is tackling this trip for the first time Stradivarius sometimes hits a flat spot and Cross counter may be the horse to take advantage of this. He’s a classy horse at a mile and a half but is much better at the staying trips having placed in the Melbourne Cup and won the Dubai Gold Cup over two miles. He prefers better ground than what he faced last time out when beaten by Stradivarius at Royal Ascot. Aidan O’Brien’s Southern France has had one experience at this trip in the Cesarewitch when he came seventh. He was third over one mile six last time and isn’t up to this calibre but is Ryan Moore’s choice of rides.

There are three three year olds taking their chance and they get almost a stone from their elders. Aidan O’Brien has two of them – Harpo Marx and South Pacific. The latter won the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot last time and this trip will be new to him. Harpo Marx is only rated 97 and was sixth to the other three year old Dashing Willoughby at Royal Ascot. Andrew Balding’s horse won the Queen’s Vase, staying on, and it was a surprise that he got dropped to a mile and a half next time when he was fourth, not beaten all that far. He’s a stayer in my opinion and I think he will be well-suited to this. He can be the one to get close to Stradivarius.

1st Stradivarius
2nd Dashing Willoughby
3rd Cross Counter

European Breeders Fund EBF Maiden

COBRA EYE – beaten by a more experienced rival on debut and will know more.

Chelsea Barracks Handicap

MUTHMIR – Really classy horse on his day, bean struggling lately and hopefully rekindle some enthusiasm at a course he likes.

Unibet Fillies’ Handicap

SALAYEH – Done most of her racing abroad and came out and ran well on debut for Roger Varian. Will come on for that.

Preview of Day One of the Galway Festival

By Luke 

The 150th year of the Galway Races gets underway with the Galwaybayhotel.com & Galmont.com Novice Hurdle over two miles. Morosini has two runs over hurdles to his name. He finished second on debut in Ireland at Fairyhouse, he finished behind Way Back Home in a Grade 3 contest over two miles. This son of Martaline was last seen winning at Ballinrobe in May. He finished strongly to get the better of Foveros, I think with the stiffer finish he will be finishing well and can go close at 9/4.

Race two is the Easyfix Handicap Hurdle over two miles with twenty runners heading to post. Volatile Lady has shown ability on her three starts over hurdle to date. After a moderate flat campaign she has seemed a better animal over hurdles. On her hurdles debut she finished second behind the subsequent Grade three winner, Way Back Home. On her second start she finished second again over two miles when Our Legend got the better of her. The third home, Bercasa has since won on the flat and over hurdles. On her most recent outing she finished fourth at Tipperary beaten sixteen lengths. The winner has since won on the flat in England and over hurdles in Wexford. The third home, Nibiru has since won at Ballinrobe. I think she comes into the race in good form with Ricky Doyle claiming five pounds. I think she will outrun her odds of 20/1.

Race four is the Claytonhotelgalway.ie handicap over seven furlongs . Engeles Rock comes into this race with good form this season. This son of Excelebration was last seen finishing second at Gowran over one mile and one furlong. The fourth from that race, Lyrical Attraction has since won at Fairyhouse. Prior to that he won at Listowel  when winning by a neck. He has course form from last year when he finished behind subsequent dual Guineas winner, Hermosa. He has a good draw in stall eight and I think he will go close at 8/1.

Race five is the Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap over two miles and one furlong. Legal Spin made a good reappearance when finishing second at the Curragh in a competitive handicap. That was his first run since last October when finishing down the field in the Irish Cesarewitch. He is an improving four year old and is lucky to have Patrick Mullins in the saddle. I think he has a good draw in stall seven and can go close at 8/1.

Use Of Drugs In American Racing

By Samantha Martin (@sam_angelina22)

As an English racing fan, looking at the way racing works in America fascinates me and yet it also confuses me. One of the main differences about British and American racing is that there are thirty eight individual agencies controlling the racing in America. Also, the horses are permitted to run under the influence of drugs.

The rest of the world runs drug-free on race day and there is no solid evidence that North American horses can’t either. But they do.

The most well-known drug is furosemide or Lasix as it is commonly known. Lasix is primarily used to treat exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhages, which occurs when horses bleed from the lungs when running. Severe bleeding in racehorses is uncommon but most horses do experience some levels of bleeding in the lungs which can be uncomfortable for them and a hindrance to their performance. It does this by reducing the blood pressure in the lungs. A review by scientists in the Journal Of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics stated that reducing the blood pressure in the lungs by Lasix is not sufficient in magnitude to prevent bleeds.

A study by researchers at the University Of Pennsylvania states that ‘Using a visual endoscopic scoring system, numerous studies have shown either a slight or no reduction in EIPH [pulmonary haemorrhages] in horses administered Lasix before racing’. This basically means it makes very little difference.

Veteran horseman Mike Keogh believes that ruling out Lasix is unrealistic, “We’ve bred all these stallions, that were retired early, that were bleeders and now it’s in the blood,” he said. “I can’t see how they can get away without Lasix. Lasix doesn’t make them run faster. It’s humane. It stops them from bleeding. Believe me, it’s in their blood now.” Keogh, an Epsom native, continued. “In Germany, all of the stallions that the breed to cannot have run on Lasix [Germany is drug-free] and that’s why they have a strong breed.”

Keogh is suggesting that the North American thoroughbred have in some ways evolved to need to use Lasix over the past forty years since the 1970s when administering ‘permissive medications’ on race days was made ‘standard’. Lots of people believe the chronic used of this medication have led to the mounting frailty of American thoroughbreds. Some studies of the use of Lasix and other related blood pressure reducing medications in humans and horses showed a decrease in bone density and calcium, sometimes to triple the amount without using it in adult males.

There are other typically used drugs which then contribute to this – flunixin, better known as bute, is used to treat pain, reduce fever or inflammation and treat Arthritis in all types of horses and ketoprofer to reduce inflammation and pain in association with musculoskeletal disorders. These two things are cloaking devices in a way. They are painkillers which stop the horse from feeling the pain of their injury so as a result are able to run. This could lead to further injuries / worsening injuries to beyond repair.

From December to roughly March, twenty three horses died at Santa Anita racetrack alone. That’s a horrific number in such a small amount of time. Could the use of these three legal medications be the reason for this drastical increase in fatalities in American Racing? There is certainly no reason to deny the possibility. The track has reduced the amount of race day Lasix intake to 5cc from 10cc. 5cc is apparently 5000mg. 500mg is enough to lessen calcium in a horse’s body due to increased urination.

I think it’s extremely interesting that if American Thoroughbreds are so reliant on Lasix and yet they do well at meetings like Royal Ascot and the Dubai World Cup. Take Lady Aurelia, Arrogate and California Chrome for example. They ran arguably their best runs of their careers abroad and without the influence of Lasix.

Lasix is one of those things where you either support it or you don’t. A bit like marmite. Good news for some is that, as of next year, two year olds won’t be allowed to be treated with it within twenty four hours of racing and in 2021, the ban will stretch to Stakes races at the participating tracks regardless of age. When these two year olds become three year olds though, they can be treated with it in non Stakes races. This last part isn’t great but its a step in the right direction.

A similar thing has happened before though – and not worked. In 2012, the Breeders Cup banned Lasix from all their races. In 2013, the ban only covered the Juvenile races. In 2014, the ban had been phased out completely.

I think one of the key phrases in that description is ‘at the participating tracks’. This is one of the reasons why American Racing desperately needs a country-wide governing body to regulate all of these things mentioned.

After hearing about the issues at Santa Anita, it seems as though American Racing needs to band together or will die out along with the strength of the American Thoroughbred breed.

Three selections for Oaks Day at the Curragh

By Luke

The feature race of the day is the Kerrygold Irish Oaks off at 5:10. The first four in the market are separated officially by three pounds. I like Fleeting trained by Aidan O’Brien and son Donnacha O’Brien gets the leg up. She was last seen finishing second to Star Catcher in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot. Fleeting was positioned at the back of the field and made good late ground. She ran into trouble in running and was not beaten far. I think she will reverse the form with Star Catcher and I think that will be good enough to win this at 7/1.

Race three is the Tote Scurry Handicap over six furlongs. Chessman was last seen finishing third over course and distance. He was receiving five pounds from the winner Speak In Colours who is better than Listed class. Three starts ago he was second behind Surrounding. Surrounding has since won a Group 3 at Fairyhouse last weekend. I think if he can produce his best he will go close at 8/1.

Race five is the Group 2 Paddy Power Minstrel Stakes Stakes over seven furlongs. This looks a good opportunity for Romanised to get back to winning ways. He was last seen finishing fourth at Royal Ascot when not getting a clear run in the Queen Anne. With a clear run he would have went very close. He drops down to seven furlongs which I don’t think will be an issue. I think he is the best horse in the race and hopefully can go close with Billy Lee in the saddle at 7/4.


Preview of the final day of the July Festival at Killarney

By Luke

The final day gets underway with the Tote Claiming race just over a mile. Hopefully the Jack Davison trained Eyeoweyou can get the day off to a flyer with Shane Foley in the saddle. This son of Zoffany was last seen finishing fifth at Navan on Saturday. The third, Royal Admiral has since given that form a boost when winning on Wednesday at Killarney. Prior to that run, he had finished third at Tipperary and Leopardstown not beaten far on either occasion. I think he will go close at 4/1 in the this tricky opener of the card.

Race two is the Irish Stallions Farms EBF Median Auction Race just over a mile. Justina was a nice debut winner at Roscommon for the inform Jessica Harrington. This daughter of Holy Roman Emperor won despite showing signs of greenness, and stayed on well over the seven furlongs to win. The second in the race had good form coming into the race but she was able to get the better of him. With the natural progression for the run I think she will go close at 5/2.

Race three is the Tote Handicap over one mile. Marshall Jennings looks like he can secure Jessica Harrington a quick fire double here. On his penultimate start he won at Cork. This races form looks to be very strong. Out of the next nine horses to follow him home seven have won. More recently Marshall Jennings has finished third in a competitive handicap at the Curragh. The fifth and sixth have since came out and finished first and second at Killarney on Wednesday, the second from Wednesdays race, Tony The Gent lines up again today. I think he comes in here with strong form and can go close at 2/1.

Race four is the Tote Handicap over two miles and one furlong. Shoulda Lied represents Punchestown Gold Cup winning combination of Supreme Horse Racing Club and Willie Mullins. This son of Henrythenavigator ran a nice race at Bellewstown after nearly two years from his last outing on the flat. The race at Bellewstown looks to be working out well with the first and second both winning since. The extra three furlongs will suit and I think with the inform Colin Keane in the saddle he will go close at 9/2.

Race five is the Tote Handicap over one mile and just over three furlongs. I like the Tony Mullins trained Millford Sound with Gavin Ryan in the saddle. On his penultimate start he was second in the race Shoulda Lied Finished fourth in at Bellewstown. He was then dropped in trip to one mile and two furlongs when he just held on to win. The extra distance will help and I think he will go close at 7/2.

Preview of Day Three of the July festival at Killarney and racing at Fairyhouse

By Luke

The eagerly anticipated arrival of Frankie Dettori at Killarney will happen on Wednesday. His first ride comes in the second race, the Aherns Garage Castleisland Irish EBF Maiden over one mile. Frankie will get the leg up on Time Tunnel for Dermot Weld. I think Frankie will be playing second fiddle to the Edward Lynam trained Romantic Proposal with former champion jockey, Declan McDonagh in the saddle. She was last seen finishing second to Pacific Ocean at Navan early last month. Prior to that she finished second at Gowran over one mile. The third, Anya Ylina has since came out and won. On Racecourse debut she finished third behind the smart Georgeville at Cork. I think this daughter of Raven’s Pass can spoil the Frankie party in Race two at 11/4.

Race three is the Sauternes Cup Rated Race over a mile. Tony The Gent comes into this race off the back of a good fifth in a competitive handicap at the Curragh, beating Turnberry Isle by a nose. Tony The Gent know gives him two pound less which I think will lead to him finishing further in front. He has one win under his belt this season, he won at Gowran back in May on good to firm ground. This son of Kodiac has three runs at the course to his name, he finished second twice over today’s course and distance, I think he will go close at 7/2.

Race four is the Listed, Irish Stallions Farms EBF Cairn Rouge Stakes over one mile. Secret Thoughts ran a good race on seasonal reappearance when finishing fifth in the 1,000 Guineas trials at Leopardstown back in April. Then next time out she finished down the field at Chester when not getting home over one mile and three furlongs. She has never raced over a mile but I think it will be her ideal distance. She is very well bred by War Front and out of Irish Oaks winner Chicquita. I think she will run very well with Wayne Lordan in the saddle at 9/1.

Race five is the Grand Hotel Killarney Handciap over a mile. Voyageofdiscovery has been a model of consistency this year. He has run seven times this season and has been in the placings since in all but one race. His last start came last month when he finished second at Cork behind Ideal Pal who has since came out and won a Rated race at Sligo. On Voyageofdiscoverys penultimate start he finished second at Listowl, the winner has since came out and won since. Prior to that he ran a creditable race when finishing third over course and distance. I think he will run another good race with Wayne Lordan in the saddle at 9/2.

Race six is the Rentokil Intial Handicap over one mile and three furlongs. Elite Trooper Grey has been running well this season and has bumped into some good opposition. He was last seen finishing second to Trossachs at Limerick last month. Trossachs has since came out and won impressively at the Curragh and Leopardstown. On his penultimate start he finished fourth over course and distance. The winner has since ran well at Royal Ascot and the third has won since at Tipperary. He also has form tying in with South Pacific and Eminece, they since finished first and third at Royal Ascot in a handicap. I think this is a good opportunity for this son of Fast Company to get his head infront at 7/1.

The final race on the card is the Dorothy Henggeler Memorial Handicap over one mile and three furlongs. Danehill Quest was last seen finishing midfield at Roscommon last month. The winner has since won again. Prior to that he finished second at Tipperary when two lengths clear of the third. He won at last years festival over a mile on good ground off a mark of 52. He now runs off 54 and Gavin Ryan claims a valuable seven pounds. I think he will go close at 8/1.


Race three at Fairyhouse is the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden over six furlongs. In The Prsent is officially fourteen pounds better than the next best in the race. She was last seen finishing second beaten a head at Naas in a maiden. The third, Unforgetable has came out and won at Fairyhouse on Sunday. Prior to that she wasn’t beaten far in a Group 3 at Naas. Her first two starts on the Racecourse were also good when finishing third on both occasions behind good horses. If she can run close to he runs best she will be winning easily and I think her price of 1/1 will get shorter close to the off.

Race four is the Fairyhouse For Fundraisers Handicap over six furlongs. Jungle Jungle was last seen finishing second at Limerick, beaten by the narrow margin of a nose. Prior to that he finished fifth over course and distance not beaten far. I think he is improving and his mark of 58 is a workable mark. If he can continue to improve I think he will finally get his head infront at 9/2.

Race five is the Follow Fairyhouse On Social Media Handicap over seven furlongs. Trueba was last seen winning at Naas getting up near the finish to win. Prior to that he finished third over seven furlongs at Down Royal on yielding ground. I think he is still progressing and can continue to be competitive off a mark of 54 at 4/1.

Race six is the Irish Injured Jockeys Association Handicap over seven furlongs. War Hero ran better than the fourth last time out suggests. He ran into slight traffic and I think he is better over shorter than a mile. He finished a length and a half behind Geological off level weights on that occasion. He know receives nine pounds. I think War Hero will go closeness at 9/2.

The final race on the card is the Fairyhouse Racecourse Rated Race over one mile and two furlongs. Eminence was last seen finishing third at Royal Ascot behind two of his stable mates. Prior to that he finished third at Nass in a more competitive Rated Race. The first two from that race have since came out and won. If he can reproduce his Royal Ascot run I think he will be hard to beat at 4/5.