• Kilbeggan - Saturday

    Back Blackmore on the double at Kilbeggan

    Rachael Blackmore can land two winners from as many rides at the penultimate meeting of the year at Kilbeggan on Saturday evening. 

    She teams up with Henry De Bromhead in the Follow Kilbeggan Races On Facebook Beginners Chase and the pair can score with Visioman which can build on a promising debut over fences at Limerick last month where he was a close third to Mega Mindy and From Eden. He had earlier won a rated novice hurdle at Clonmel in May. 

    Blackmore was a winner on Ocean Glandore at Limerick last month and she can land another success on the Denis Hogan-trained 10-year-old in the racingtv.com Handicap Chase. The selection followed up at Tipperary and while he failed to shine in a stronger race at the Galway festival, the drop in grade should be to his advantage. 

    Tara Dylan has had plenty of chances but her winning turn over timber might just have arrived in the opening maiden hurdle. She ran her best race in a while when runner-up to Brog Ahaon over a shorter trip here two weeks ago and can go a place better now. 

    The End Of Season Celebration September 6 Mares Novice Hurdle has a good look to it and could well go the way of the Willie Mullins-trainedLittle Nugget which pushed her better fancied stablemate Foveros all the way to the line at the Galway festival. She had early won in grand style at Limerick and is preferred to last weekend’s Sligo winner Caer. Mullins and his son Patrick might well have the winning of the bumper with their newcomer Blue Jacaranda. 

    Top Moon was a big disappointment when last seen in a bumper at Limerick in March but can put that behind him to land the Hurley Family Maiden Hurdle. He ran a much better race when third to Sinora over hurdles at Punchestown in February having just missed out by a short head on his bumper debut at Naas at the beginning of the year.

    The Racing TV Handicap Hurdle is sure to be far more competitive and here it might pay to follow Josephina for Tony Mullins and Sean O’Keeffe. She won for the pair at Tramore eight days ago and a 7lbs rise in the ratings might not be enough to stop her winning again. 

    Slections: 5.05 Tara Dylan; 5.40 Little Nugget; 6.10 Top Moon; 6.40 Josephina; 7.10 Visioman (NAP); 7.40 Ocean Glandore; 8.10 Blue Jacaranda. 

    Killarney - Saturday

    Lady Wannabe set for Ruby Stakes acclaim

    The final day of the Killarney August festival sees an eight-race card with the action getting underway at the earlier time of 12.50 and the day’s feature is the Dunloe Hotel Vincent O’Brien Ruby Stakes. 

    This listed contest has attracted a full field of 15 runners and a very open looking race is in prospect. The ex-English trained Bowerman ran well on his only Irish start to date when runner-up to the smart I Am Superman in a conditions’ race at Naas in July and will be expected to go close while Shelir and Onlyhuman have some decent form to their credit. 

    But the race may be best left to Lady Wannabe. Trained by Fozzy Stack, she looked set to score in a similar race over this course and distance in mid-July until caught close home by Viadera and a similar performance could well be good enough now.

    The opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction race has attracted course winner Baby Zeus which defeated long odds-on favourite Arthur’s Kingdom on his only start to date and Ger Lyons’ charge will be strongly fancied to go in again but Galway Festival winner Raven’s Cry, from the Paddy Twomey yard, is likely to be a stiff opponent. 

    However, both horses have to concede weight to the Joseph O’Brien-trained Zoom Zoom Babe who shaped well on her debut when third at Naas in early August. 

    In other races, top weight Sea TheDawn might be too strong for her rivals in the nursery handicap at 1.20pm after winning well at Roscommon earlier in the year while Sky Seven has bright prospects for trainer Mick Halford in the Irish Examiner Rated Race at 1.55 with the drying ground very much in his favour. 

    The final race of the day should see the Willie Mullins trained Stratum record a comfortable success as this 100-rated performer is very well treated by the conditions of the JOC Metal Fabrication Qualified Riders Race. 

    Danehill Quest could be the answer to the ML Lynch Apprentice Handicap after chasing home a useful sort in a lady riders’ race at Tipperary a couple of weeks ago. The two divisions of the Redbox Brand Consultants Handicap both look very open affairs with All The Mollies the selection in the first leg while Avalanche might prove too good for recent course winner High Altitude in the second division after running a decent race when a close up fifth in a big field at the Curragh. 

    Selections: 12.50 Zoom Zoom Babe; 1.20 Sea The Dawn; 1.55 Sky Seven; 2.30 Lady Wannabe; 3.05 All The Mollies; 3.35 Avalanche (NAP), 4.05 Danehill Quest; 4.40 Stratum.

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