Killarney continues with another mixed card this evening.
And the Willie Mullins-trained Nessun Dorma, winner of the valuable Guinness Handicap, on the flat, at Galway (off a mark of 89), is expected to revert successfully to hurdling by landing the €50,000 At The Races Handicap Hurdle.
A dual-winner over obstacles, this five-year-old has looked progressive on the level this summer and, off a mark of 130, he should make Ruby Walsh’s trip south worthwhile on a day when Mullins has a succession of fancied contenders in Kilbeggan.
Twelve months ago, Walsh made a similar decision and was rewarded by the victory of Lagostovegas in this event.
Earlier on the Killarney card, Jessica Harrington’s improving three-year-old Charcor, a winner at Gowran Park on his second start, might be capable of conceding weight to his rivals in the John J Galvin & Son Limited Rated Race.
The Mullins team should enjoy a fruitful evening in Kilbeggan where Shush, which impressed when scoring in a Wexford bumper on her debut, is napped to make a winning start over obstacles in the Hurley Family Maiden Hurdle.
Other likely Mullins winners are Koroleva and Ballinrobe scorer Masons Daughter while newcomer Solindian, in the Qatar racing colours, should be noted in the bumper.
And Gordon Elliott’s Its All Guesswork, a solid third to Minella Beau in his first venture over fences in Galway, makes plenty of appeal in the beginners chase.
Meanwhile, Brazos, one of three runners in the field from John Murphy’s yard, proved a shock winner of the €50,000 K.W.D. Kingdom Gold Cup on the second day of Killarney’s August meeting.
Ridden by apprentice Danny Redmond, the 14/1 shot got the better of the Willie Mullins-trained pair Exchange Rate and top-weight and favourite Gustavus Vassa.
George Murphy, representing his trainer-father, said: “He’s very genuine, but quite lazy and the blinkers definitely helped him. He stays really well and will head for the Irish Cesarewitch.”
Earlier, Zuenoon landed the Irish Stallion Farms Median Auction 2-Y-0 Race, providing Dermot Weld and Declan McDonogh with their third success of the meeting.
Peter O’Hehir’s tips for Kilbeggan
7.10.Its All Guesswork
Peter O’Hehir’s tips for Killarney