2019 Killarney Summer Festival tips – Race-by-race selections for day three of the competitive summer feature

Frankie Dettori makes his Killarney debut on Wednesday with four rides at the County Kerry track.

Frankie Dettori makes his Killarney debut on Wednesday with four rides at the County Kerry track.

Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look at all seven races on day three of the Killarney Summer Festival, and he has selections for every race on another competitive fixture at the County Kerry track.

Wednesday sees the third day of the Killarney Summer Festival go to post, and unlike the previous two days where there was mixed flat and jumps racing action on the card, the day three racecard is an all-flat racing affair headed by the Listed Cairn Rouge Stakes.

5:55 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 1m

6:30 – Aherns Garage Castleisland Irish EBF Maiden (3yo+) 1m

7:00 – Sauternes Cup Rated Race (3yo+) 1m

7:30 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cairn Rouge Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo+) 1m

8:00 – Grand Hotel Killarney Handicap (4yo+ 45-65) 1m

8:30 – Rentokil Initial Handicap (3yo) 1m3f

9:00 – Dorothy Henggeler Memorial Handicap (4yo+ 45-65) 1m3f

A notable third day also sees top jockey Frankie Dettori head to the County Kerry track for four rides as the mercurial Italian rider makes his riding debut at the track.

Brian Healy assesses the day three racecard where he gives his race-by-race selections for the third day of the summer feature festival.

5:55 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 1m

ARTHUR’S KINGDOM (4/6, Bet365) is related to some smart sorts, and Aidan O’Brien’s Camelot colt shaped well on his debut when finding only Toronto too strong at Leopardstown last month where he was beaten just one length.

Plenty went wrong for him that day where he missed the break and he then stumbled badly having clipped heels and almost fell. Despite those mishaps, he still finished to good effect and pulled clear of the third horse who also suffered some interference.

He is sure to improve for that experience, and he looks hard to beat here as he bids to follow in the footsteps of Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck who took this prize twelve months ago.

Aidan OBrien can get amongst the winners at Killarney on day three

Aidan OBrien can get amongst the winners at Killarney on day three

6:30 – Aherns Garage Castleisland Irish EBF Maiden (3yo+) 1m

Frankie Dettori could make his first ride at Killarney a winning one, and the Italian partners Dermot Weld’s TIME TUNNEL (13/8, Bet365) who stepped up considerably on his debut to find only one too good next time out.

The Invincible Spirit filly had shown some promise on debut, and she found improvement for the experience to finish just over two lengths’ runner-up at Leopardstown last month behind Morpho Blue who looked a useful prospect and has won since.

Now tried in a visor for the first time, the headgear could well have a positive effect and lead to some improvement, and still with the potential for better to come she can get off the mark at the third attempt.

7:00 – Sauternes Cup Rated Race (3yo+) 1m

HIGHLAND DRESS (2/1, William Hill) made a winning debut at Cork back in May, readily seeing off Arabeska by just over two lengths, and that runner-up has won since.

John Oxx’s charge subsequently ran better than the bare result on his next start when finishing six lengths’ third behind Black Magic Woman in a decent contest at Fairyhouse where inexperience held him back taking on stronger opposition.

The Shamardal colt ought to have learned from those runs, and likely to find further improvement he could prove a tough nut to crack in this contest given that he had a 96-rated rival behind him that day and he remains with scope to do better.

John Oxx can saddle a winner on day three of Killarney

John Oxx can saddle a winner on day three of Killarney

7:30 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cairn Rouge Stakes (Listed Race) (3yo+) 1m

VIADERA (3/1, Bet365) didn’t run up to her best at Carlisle latest, but Ger Lyons’ charge is given another chance to build on the form of an earlier success at the Curragh in May where the Bated Breath filly beat Lady Wannabe by a half-length.

Also a debut winner last term at the Curragh, she subsequently finished runner-up in the Group Three Anglesey Stakes before disappointing in the Debutante Stakes where she failed to beat a rival.

Seven furlongs last time might just have been too sharp for her as she plugged on at one pace once headed, and while the form has taken a few knocks since there is a suspicion that she is better than she showed.

The return to one mile for this outing could prove a good move, and she remains well-treated on this terms despite being the highest rated in the field. She is taken to bounce back to winning form in this Listed contest for a yard which is having a decent spell, and no surprise to see her going close back over the longer trip.

8:00 – Grand Hotel Killarney Handicap (4yo+ 45-65) 1m

LADY SCATHACH (7/1, William Hill) arrives here in decent heart, having got back to winning ways at Bellewstown latest to take her seasonal tally to three wins from seven starts.

Tom McCourt’s charge had already struck a pair of wins at Gowran Park, and subsequent defeats at the same venue weren’t bad efforts. He latterly got the better of Passing Trade to score by a short-head where he got up on the line, and his subsequent rise in the weights is offset by the allowance of a 5lbs claimer which will effectively leave him 1lb lower in the weights.

The Zoffany filly could still have scope to do better, and she ought to remain competitive here where she looks to hold solid claims of registering another success.

8:30 – Rentokil Initial Handicap (3yo) 1m3f

DEFINING BATTLE (5/2, Coral) shaped like a stayer when keeping on well to register his first success at Listowel last month, and the Lope De Vega colt can follow up here with the significiant step up in trip a potential source of improvement.

Mick Halford’s charge kept on stoutly for that win, getting the better of Rhydwyn by a neck; that rival has won since to give the form a boost, and there could be better to come from her now as she steps out of maiden company and into the handicap ranks from a potentially lenient mark.

This longer trip is expected to suit given she looked as if she could go a lot further, and she can progress again to double up on her win tally.

9:00 – Dorothy Henggeler Memorial Handicap (4yo+ 45-65) 1m3f

KING CHRISTOPHE (10/1, Unibet) has been around a few yards, and the Duke Of Marmalade gelding now finds himself with Peter Fahy.

The seven-year old is thoroughly exposed, and his last success came when scoring at Clonmel for his previous handler last May with a defeat of Lucky Mistake, winning by a head from a mark of 60.

His first couple of efforts for Fahy were underwhelming, but having returned from four months off the track he ran better outings at Wolverhampton and Southwell respectively, and he finished runner-up on the latter occasion behind Cold Harbour before being pulled up in a hurdles event at Roscommon.

He was struck into in that contest, and he has been given time to recover. Back on the flat here, he races from his last winning mark and he boasts previous course-winning form so every chance he can run well here as he bids to get back on the scoresheet.

2019 KILLARNEY SUMMER FESTIVAL TIPS – DAY THREE SELECTIONS

5:55 – ARTHUR’S KINGDOM (4/6, Bet365)

6:30 – TIME TUNNEL (13/8, Bet365)

7:00 – HIGHLAND DRESS (2/1, William Hill)

7:30 – VIADERA (3/1, Bet365)

8:00 – LADY SCATHACH (7/1, William Hill)

8:30 – DEFINING BATTLE (5/2, Coral)

9:00 – KING CHRISTOPHE (10/1, Unibet)