2019 Killarney Summer Festival tips – Race-by-race selections for day five of the Killarney Summer Festival

Willie Mullins can saddle a last-day winner at the 2019 Killarney Summer Festival.

Willie Mullins can saddle a last-day winner at the 2019 Killarney Summer Festival.

Brian Healy looks ahead to the final day of the 2019 Killarney Summer Festival, and he has race-by-race selections for Friday’s day five racecard.

The fifth and final day of the 2019 Killarney Summer Festival goes to post on Friday, and an afternoon seven-race card awaits punters as the curtain falls on the County Kerry summer feature fixture.

There’ll be no Frankie Dettori in action following his third day exploits, but there is sure to be further competitive action with some solid handicaps going to post, while there could be some useful sorts on display throughout the afternoon.

1:55 – Tote Claiming Race (3yo+) 1m

2:25 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Race (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 1m

2:55 – Tote Handicap (4yo+) 1m

3:30 – Tote Handicap (4yo+) 2m1f

4:05 – Tote Handicap (3yo 45-65) 1m3f

4:35 – Tote Maiden (3yo+) 1m6f

5:10 – Tote (Q.R.) Race (4yo+) 1m6f

Brian Healy assesses the final day racecard of the Summer Festival, and he gives his race-by-race selections for day five.

1:55 – Tote Claiming Race (3yo+) 1m

BURNING LAKE (11/2, William Hill) has gone off the boil since posting back-to-back runner-up efforts at Dundalk on his first two starts for this yard following his move from Charlie Hills. However, Johnny Levins’ charge is taken to get back on track dropping into a claimer.

The Le Havre gelding appered to resent the application of cheekpieces when beating only one home at Fairyhouse in May; but he posted a better run in defeat at Ayr latest with the headgear off when finishing three lengths’ fourth behind Royal Duchess.

He is now tried in a hood, and if the alternative headgear has a positive effect then he could go well here.

2:25 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Race (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 1m

MARCHONS ENSEMBLE (9/4, Bet365) has looked potentially useful in his two runs to date, finding only one too strong on debut at Limerick and then going one place better at Bellewstown earlier in the month where he ran out an impressive winner at Bellewstown.

Ger Lyons has his string in decent form, and the Pour Moi colt could have more to offer upped again in trip given that he looked strong at the finish of that last outing and he can find improvement for this stiffer test.

He was a comfortable winner last time, and with the potential for better still to come he can successfully give away the weight to this field and come out on top once more.

Ger Lyons can saddle another Killarney festival winner

Ger Lyons can saddle another Killarney festival winner

2:55 – Tote Handicap (4yo+) 1m

YUFTEN (10/1, Bet365) may not quite be the force he once was, but he remains capable of useful form and he made plenty of hay in the wake of his move to John Feane where he won each of his first three starts for his new handler.

Those successes came on the all-weather, and having subsequently switched to turf he continued to acquit himself well in defeat before getting back on the scoresheet at Limerick in June.

He then moved to Aidrian McGuinness’ yard, and he struck again with a success at Bellewstown on his second start for that handler before changing hands again, and he now finds himself in the care of Denis Hogan.

He won readily last time out, travelling well into the race before readily asserting, and while this demands more back in a handicap he could be worth chancing to continue his good spell from the same mark.

3:30 – Tote Handicap (4yo+) 2m1f

SHOULDA LIED (5/1, Ladbrokes) showed some decent form in middle-distance handicaps on the flat during the 2017 season, after which Willie Mullins switched the Henrythenavigator gelding to hurdling where he was a Tipperary winner in July last year.

Subsequently shaping as if amiss at Galway, he pulled up for a second successive start at Ballinrobe in April although he might have needed that run; he has since run respectably back on the flat at Bellewstown, finishing fourth and he can improve on that outing here.

He was beaten around eleven lengths on that occasion, but the increased emphasis on stamina here ought to be more in his favour and he can post an improved effort on the back of that performance.

4:05 – Tote Handicap (3yo 45-65) 1m3f

ELLAAT (4/1, William Hill) struggled in maidens, finishing nearer last than first on all three starts prior to switching to handicaps, and Denis Hogan’s charge has shown up much better in this sphere since returning from four months off.

The Heeraat gelding finished six lengths’ fourth at Cork on his handicap debut, after which he struck his first win at Ballinrobe when gaining a half-length verdict over Belle Cora where he got up late for the victory.

That form has since been boosted by both the third and fourth horses home registering subsequent wins, and a 6lbs rise in the weights might not prevent him from following up if he can continue to find improvement for the longer trip.

4:35 – Tote Maiden (3yo+) 1m6f

GARDENS OF BABYLON (8/15, Paddy Power) raced twice on the flat for Aidan O’Brien, after which the Camelot gelding moved to trainers’ son Joseph for a spell hurdling, and the four-year old proved himself a smart performer in that sphere.

A Punchestown winner, he finished in the frame in his next four starts which included in the Triumph Hurdle back in March where he finished third to Pentland Hills; he subsequently rounded off his season with a win at Punchestown, beating Notebook by six lengths

Stepping up considerably in distance for his return to the flat, he looks very hard to oppose if he can translate his hurdles form back onto the level and he is thoroughly unexposed on the level so every chance he can return from a break with a win.

Gardens Of Babylon can win on the flat at Killarney

Gardens Of Babylon can win on the flat at Killarney

5:10 – Tote (Q.R.) Race (4yo+) 1m6f

Max Dynamite may just find this trip on the sharp side, so THE KING (6/5, William Hill) is taken to rule the roost in the finale to the Killarney Summer Festival.

Jessica Harrington has her string in good form, and the top trainer has already had winners through the week here. The Mastercraftsman could well be another for the Kildare handler, and he had been in decent heart prior to a lesser effort latest in the Curragh Cup where he beat only one horse home behind Twilight Payment.

He didn’t aid his cause with a slow start, and that run may be best ignored; his earlier third behind Magical in the Mooresbridge Stakes on his reappearance is strong form, and there wasn’t much wrong with a subsequent fourth in Listed company where things didn’t go his way.

This longer trip is no issue, and he ought to find this an easier assignment than the Group Two he contested last time. He has to bounce back from that lesser run, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to do so, and he perhaps still has scope to improve over a trip where he remains unexposed.

2019 KILLARNEY SUMMER FESTIVAL TIPS – DAY FIVE SELECTIONS

1:55 – BURNING LAKE (11/2, William Hill)

2:25 – MARCHONS ENSEMBLE (9/4, Bet365)

2:55 – YUFTEN (10/1, Bet365)

3:30 – SHOULDA LIED (5/1, Ladbrokes)

4:05 – ELLAAT (4/1, William Hill)

4:35 – GARDENS OF BABYLON (8/15, Paddy Power)

5:10 – THE KING (6/5, William Hill)