Killarney Racing Preview By Dave Stevos
County Kerry, where Killarney is situated, is known as ‘The Kingdom’ and the Crown Prince of racing will be paying a visit on Wednesday. Frankie Dettori is jetting in for a high profile visit and he looks to have a good chance of riding a winner. He has four rides in total and no doubt the betting public will be hoping for a Frankie 4 timer. The bookies are taking no chances though and as a result there could be value to be found. Dave Stevos’ has previewed all of Frankie’s races as well as the opener. Check out his Killarney racing tips below…
Killarney Racing Tips: 17.55 Maiden (2yo)
The adoring crowds will have to wait until the second race to see Frankie. He hasn’t got a ride in the opener, an 8f maiden for 2yos. The impeccably bred and aptly named Arthur’s Kingdom is the odds on jolly after a nice debut run behind stablemate Toronto. However, at a much bigger price At War could go well for Kerry based handler Thomas Cooper.
This son of War Command has an interesting pedigree, by a Coventry winner and a half brother to the useful jumper Baltimore Rock. He still looked green last time over 6f at Listowel on his second start on good to yielding. However, the penny dropped inside the final furlong and he stayed on really well to finish 6th.
He ran better than his finishing position suggests and it looks decent form. Prince Of Naples had a much kinder trip and At War was only 2L behind him. That horse was 1.5L behind Royal Lytham on his next outing, so the form looks strong. He has a nice draw in stall 6, his local yard would love a winner here and at 33/1 he is worth chancing each way.
KILLARNEY RACING TIPS: AT WAR E/W @ 33/1 NB
Killarney Preview: 6.30 – Maiden (3yo+)
Frankie’s first ride at Killarney is aboard the Dermot Weld trained Time Tunnel. As you might expect, she is the clear market leader at 7/4. The regally bred daughter of Invincible Spirit is out of Falmouth winner Timepiece. She shaped well on her second start last time behind Morpho Blue. However, she was unruly behind the stalls and didn’t look straightforward. The first time visor is reached for and stall 14 is hardly ideal either.
She would be a popular winner for Frankie, but the percentage call is to take her on. At the prices, Royal Aide represents a bit of value. This son of Galileo is rated just 72 after three runs at a variety of trips. On debut at Tipperary he was out with the washing over 12f on soft.
He improved dropped to 10f on his second start, only finishing 6th but less than 2L behind the winner. That was again on soft, this time at Roscommon. He achieved his best finish yet when 3rd over 7f last time at Fairyhouse, staying on well. That was his first start on good ground and he gets similar conditions here. A mile could be his optimum trip and at 6/1 he is the each way pick.
KILLARNEY RACING TIPS: ROYAL AIDE E/W @ 6/1
Killarney Preview: 7.00 – Rated Race (3yo+)
Frankie Dettori’s second ride of the evening is another for Dermot Weld in this 8f rated race. Only five will go to post and Highland Dress is edging favouritism at around 2/1. He won well on his debut but was disappointing last time behind Black Magic Woman. His win came on good to firm while his defeat came on good to yielding, so returned to a sounder surface he could bounce back.
Frankie’s mount Mujid has also shown his best form on good. He has had three starts and the two that came on easy ground resulted in defeat. However, the son of Frankel’s sole start on good resulted in a very easy win over this course and distance. He had Make A Challenge 4L behind that day and he won next time out. This is Frankie’s biggest priced ride, but it looks like one of his best chances. At odds of 9/2 Mujid is the NAP of the day.
KILLARNEY RACING TIPS: MUJID WIN @ 9/2 NAP
Killarney Preview: 7.30 – Rouge Stakes (Listed)
A field of 12 go to post for this 8f Listed contest and Frankie is on Lady Wannabe for Tommy Stack. She shaped well last time behind Buckhurst at the Curragh and dropping back in trip will suit. However, likely favourite Viadera had her measure over this trip when they met in May at the same track over today’s trip of a mile.
Lady Wannabe was getting 23lbs from Viadera that day when Andy Slattery’s claim is considered and off level weights it could be a similar outcome here. The one I like at a half decent price is Hand On Heart, Tommy Stack’s ‘second string’. I fancied this filly strongly at Ascot, but soft ground put paid to her chances. Her Group 3 form behind Flight Risk at Leopardstown puts her right in the mix here.
The 4yo daughter of Mastercraftsman has to give 8lb to her rivals due to her age. However, unlike her market rivals she is proven against older horses and that can count for a lot in races like this. Her 2nd behind Flight Risk or 4th behind Happen is among the best form in the race and at odds of 13/2 she is the each way pick.
KILLARNEY RACING TIPS TIP: HAND ON HEART E/W @ 13/2
Killarney Racing Tips Tip: 8.30 Handicap (3yo)
The final ride for Frankie on Thursday at Killarney is for Johnny Murtagh in this 11f handicap. Frustratingly for each way thieves, only seven 3yos will go to post. Unsurprisingly, Finding Nero is the favourite due to the Frankie factor and his consistent form. Murtagh’s charge is 2/3 this year and only went down by 0.5L off his revised mark of 74 last time. He is 12lb higher than for his last win though and at 2/1 he is worth opposing.
At the prices, Hereia looks an interesting contender for Andy Slattery and Wayne Lordan. This son of Olympic Glory showed ability on his first three runs at Dundalk over 8f. He was awarded a rating of 65 for those efforts and was far from disgraced on his turf debut on heavy at Ballinrobe last time (9.5f). He was 4L behind Xcite, rated 74, so even with a 2lb rise he could be competitive off 67.
On pedigree the step up to 11f should suit as his dam is related to a host of classy 10-12f performers. His sire won a couple of Group 1s on good ground too so theoretically at least, underhoof conditions should be fine. Wayne Lordan looks a good booking and at odds of 12/1, Hereia is the each way selection in an open race.