Jim’s Way too good for Murchu
Given the miserable weather conditions, it is maybe no surprise that a Jim Dreaper-trained chaser is this evening's nap selection at Killarney.
Waterlogging claimed the opening salvo of Killarney’s four-day festival yesterday but it is hoped tonight's mixed card goes ahead.
In the event that it does, Dreaper, whose summer jumping team tends to be select, can take the Ross Golf Course Novice Chase with the smart course and distance winner Go All The Way.
A runaway winner on his fencing bow in July, the Alan Potts-owned gelding has always shown ability, but just seven runs in two years suggests that he has had problems.
However with four of those starts, including a Navan maiden hurdle triumph, coming in 2012, he seems to have turned a corner and can continue his progression under Davy Russell, who has just one booked ride at the meeting.
Impressive Galway scorer Murchu is Go All The Way's most obvious danger and will handle the testing going just as well, but may not possess quite the same degree of class.
In the preceding Mares Beginners Chase, Jacksonslady is another that appeals.
While Our Girl Lucy and Ocean Bright are worthy opponents, Jacksonslady boasts a superior level of form over hurdles.
Moreover, she was a fine second to Glibin on her fencing bow at Listowel in June, form that was franked by the winner following up at Galway and the fifth, Great Oak, collecting on the Flat at Tramore having chased Glibin home around Ballybrit.
On the Flat, Custom Cut remains the most attractive option in the rescheduled Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes, with Inis Meain getting the nod in the €35,000 Kingdom Gold Cup.
Aidan O'Brien's dual winner I Have A Dream tops the weights in this one-mile-three-furlong handicap, with Livia Galilei also on a hat-trick for Jim Bolger.
Having gone up 36lbs since recording the first of three Flat victories here six weeks ago, Inis Meain has come a long way for his excellent handler Denis O'Hogan.
Chris Hayes might yet eke another win out of him.