• Killarney - Tuesday

    Motherway runner to make it a good night at Killarney

    The James Motherway-trained Goodnightgodbless can add to last month’s runaway success in the Laurels Handicap Hurdle at Killarney this evening were racing begins at 5.50. 

    She went close to winning on her return from a four-month break at Wexford in late April and made no mistake at the next time of asking at Roscommon where she scored an eight-length win. A 10lbs hike in the ratings was fully deserved and the six-year-old is taken to cope with this significant rise in class under Darragh O’Keeffe who knows her well and was among the winners here last night. 

    The earlier MD O’Shea’s Mares Maiden Hurdle has a very open look to it and the pick is the recent Wexford runner-up Capture The Action which ran her best race when just beaten by odds-on favourite Cash Me Outside a month ago. Well clear of the remainder on that occasion, the step up in distance for this contest should be to her advantage. 

    The Irish Examiner Handicap Hurdle is just as competitive and perhaps Lucky Phil will be the answer. She was running for the first time since November of last year when third to Aunty Audrey at Clonmel early last month and filled the same position behind favourite Hayyel on the Flat at Sligo just 11 days later. Those promising efforts should leave her spot on for this.   

    Star Adventure started off with a win over a longer trip at Wexford earlier this month and is taken to follow up in the BetVictor Mares INH Flat Race. She is one of three previous winners in the race but was the only one to score at the first time of asking and might just improve that little bit more. 

    Once again, racing begins with three races on the Flat and the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race should go the way of the top-rated Dunkirk Harbour. He was a clear-cut winner at Dundalk in April and ran a big race behind Hazapour in a Group 3 at Leopardstown subsequently. The ground was possibly against him at Royal Ascot last time. 

    Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley are enjoying a dream run and they can land the Flesk Handicap with top weight Calling Time. She battled well to win over a furlong shorter at Roscommon early last week and must go close from a favourable draw. 

    Tintoretto ran well enough in a stronger event at the Curragh on Derby weekend to get the vote in the International Hotel Handicap. He was a close fifth of 12 to Baladiya over seven furlongs last time and can add to his earlier win over this trip at Limerick for John Murphy who was another in the winners’ enclosure here yesterday. 

    Selections: 5.50 Dunkirk Harbour; 6.20 Calling Time; 6.50 Tintoretto; 7.20 Capture The Action; 7.50 Goodnightgodbless (NAP); 8.20 Lucky Phil; 8.50 Star Adventure. 

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