The opening day at Killarney on Wednesday was, surprisingly perhaps, an afternoon meeting which obviously delighted stable staff who could get home much earlier than usual.
However it was back to the more normal evening meeting on Thursday, and the Dermot Weld team, delighted with Eziyra’s Yorkshire Oaks third earlier in the day, had further cause for celebration.
Zuenoon, while favourite on many morning lists, was easy enough to back at 7/2 and proved best in an exciting three way photo finish.
Declan McDonogh was seen to good effect as the colt met traffic problems late on but prevailed by a head from Cardini.
Champion jockey Colin Keane had excelled the day before in getting reserve High Altitude home on the far rail when it appeared they were badly struck for room.
He had to be quite resourceful again now on 10/1 shot Lady Boomerang who beat 3/1 jolly Global Pass in the mile handicap.
Her trainer John Geoghegan said “That was a big difference from her last run at Sligo where she was very keen and I had never seen her pull like that before.”
“Colin got her settled here and she could have pulled out of it along the rails but she was good and tough” added the popular veteran Kildare trainer.
John Murphy is probably still best known for Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Newmill, but he mainly operates on the flat and has a particularly good strike rate at this scenic lakeside track.
He won the days feature race, the KWD Kingdom Gold Cup, with 14/1 shot Brazos and Murphy said: “He has a massive engine, is genuine but lazy.”
“The blinkers helped him today and he could go for the Irish Cesarewitch.”
As expected Wicklow Brave, a versatile sort who has tasted glory at the Cheltenham Festival and in the Irish St Leger, turned the big amateur race into a procession.
The bookies certainly took no chances on Patrick Mullins’ mount and he was returned 1/25! Talk about a long odds on jolly.
His trainer Willie Mullins also provided the best backed horse of the day in Cap D’Aubois in the concluding beginners chase.
Early morning 5/2 had been hoovered up and at the track he opened up 2/1.
By the off he was a 5/4 hot pot and, while we often see Ruby Walsh creep through the field, when he does lead a long way out he is rarely, if ever, reeled in.
He went to the front here at the fifth, and the Rich Ricci owned gelding was always going to score from there.
The bookies had been having the better of things overall but you could say Cap D’Aubois was a late equaliser!
Not for the first time, Ruby proved a diamond for punters under siege.
FIESOLE 5/1 (won 4/1), Fairyland 9/4 (w 6/4), Cap D’aubois 5/2 (w 5/4), Falcon Eight 13/8 (w evens) and Pleasure Dome 11/8 (w 11/10) kept the pot simmering nicely for Declan’s Irish Racing Service as did each way gems Jaime Sommers 14/1 (placed 15/2), Koybig 10/1 (pl 4/1) and Eziyra 10/1 (pl 8/1).
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