Dermot Weld’s runner would look to be Frankie’s best chance of grabbing a winner at Killarney this evening. She was a bit unruly at the start on debut at Gowran Park when a well-backed 6/4f, but showed much more the last day when staying on well at Leopardstown behind Morpho Blue. The extra furlong should really suit her but the big negative for her is the draw. Being stuck out wide in stall 14 of 15 is not what you want in Killarney and it will really test Frankie’s riding ability.
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Verdict: Big ask for Frankie on his first ride.
Frankie’s second ride on the card would look to have a fair chance in a trappy-looking race. Mujid won his maiden here over the same trip, so it is no surprise to see Dermot Weld bring him back to Kerry and his course form is a bonus. He was a bit disappointing the last day in a handicap at Limerick, but the ground was a bit slow for him, so could be forgiven that run.
Verdict: Could be his best chance on the night.
Fozzy Stack’s runner really stepped up on her last start when fourth in a Group 3 contest at the Curragh. Previous to that she had been beaten in a handicap at the same venue off a mark of 84. T the handicapper has seen fit to raise her 17lb for that win, so she is now officially rated 101, which would give her a great chance of picking up this Listed event if she can run to that mark.
She re-opposes Viadera here, who beat her in that handicap at the Curragh, but there is a massive swing at the weight (16lbs) in Viadera’s favor, so it is hard to see how Lady Wannabe can turn it around. Frankie’s mount appeals more as an each-way selection rather than a win bet here and we’re 14/1 from 11/1 that Frankie places on all four of his rides at Killarney.
Verdict: Each-way chance but surely the weight concession is too much.
Johnny Murtagh’s runner is in great form and would look to have a very solid chance. He has won two of his last three races and just couldn’t get up the last day for the hat-trick at Naas. Mick Halford’s Defining Battle would look to have been given a fair mark by the handicapper of 77 and looks to be the one to beat here.
Verdict: A good chance for his old mate J P Murtagh but Halford’s runner could be well treated.
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