Irish racing tips at Killarney – Monday’s best bets over the sticks in Ireland

Irish racing tips at Killarney over the sticks.Irish racing tips at Killarney over the sticks.

Monday Irish racing tips at Killarney

Horse racing in Ireland continues on Monday with a second day of racing at Killarney over the sticks featuring some Graded action over the larger obstacles. We’ve looked over the card and picked out our Monday Irish racing tips at Killarney and best bets on the card.

Just one meeting goes to post in Ireland on Monday with action over the jumps at Killarney once more as the County Kerry track hosts day two of it’s May Festival.

Dubbed the most scenic racecard in Ireland there will be eight races taking place in the late afternoon and into the evening over the sticks with the feature being the Grade Three An Riocht Chase where Samcro will bid to get back on track following a dismal Cheltenham Festival run back in March.

We’ve looked over the best of the day’s racing in Ireland and have picked out our Irish racing tips at Killarney on Monday.


5:10 Killarney – Sliabh Luachra Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f

DARVER STAR has struggled to get competitive in recent starts but Gavin Cromwell’s charge will surely appreciate this drop in grade and the Kalanisi gelding ought to be tough to beat here.

A winner at Punchestown back in October last year over the larger obstacles he placed twice over fences in Graded company but failed to fire in successive Grade One races at Leopardstown and the Cheltenham Festival.

Back over hurdles at the recent Punchestown Festival he failed to fire again in the Champion Hurdle won by Honeysuckle; but this is significantly easier and he’ll have no issue stepping back up in trip for this latest outing where he could prove a tough nut to crack having won here in the past.

Irish racing tips at Killarney. Darver Star (far side) can get back to winning ways.

Irish racing tips at Killarney. Darver Star (far side) can get back to winning ways.

5:40 Killarney – Ring Of Kerry Mares Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m6f

Lightly-raced MERRY DOYENNE has shown some ability in her two starts to date, latterly finding only one too strong at Punchestown back in March and the Doyen mare can get off the mark at the third attempt.

Declan Queally’s charge was beaten just a neck on that occasion behind Stockdale, running on well but not quite getting to the winner who got first run. That race has since thrown up a trio of subsequent winners and she could gain some compensation here by going one better.

She’s still thoroughly unexposed after just two outings and further improvement can see her open her win account.

6:40 Killarney – An Riocht Chase (Grade 3) (5yo+) 2m4f

EASY GAME won back-to-back last autumn in starts at Tramore and Gowran Park and was thwarted in his hat-trick attempt by Battleoverdoyen at Down Royal in a Grade Two contest.

Willie Mullins’ charge subsequently got back on track after a couple of lesser runs when winning at Fairyhouse in April, taking the Grade Two Devenish Chase; he then had a crack at the Punchestown Gold Cup where he beat only one home although that was a very tall order for him.

This will be a much more suitable test and while this is a good line-up in opposition quite a few have a question to answer while the Barastraight gelding could be treated as still being in form.

A course and distance winner he can certainly make his presence felt if the 12-day turnaround doesn’t catch him out and he can go close.

Easy Game (left) can win the Killarney feature on Monday.

Easy Game (left) can win the Killarney feature on Monday.

7:10 Killarney – GMHD Killarney National Handicap Chase (5yo+) 3m2f

FAG AN BEALACH ran better than the bare result in the valuable Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase at Punchestown back at the beginning of the month, finishing in mid-division; Arthur Moore’s charge can better that performance here assuming the run doesn’t come too soon.

The Stowaway mare had won the time before at Downpatrick in March, beating Flinck by nine lengths to register his third win of the campaign and he can be forgiven his last outing behind Brahma Bull having been hampered when trying to mount a challenge which put him on the back foot and he never recovered.

Despite this being a regional national contest it doesn’t look as deep as that race he took in last time and he could make his presence felt here under Rachael Blackmore.