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.

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