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

Dinons is one the stars on show on day one of the Killarney Summer Festival.

Dinons is one the stars on show on day one of the Killarney Summer Festival.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all of Monday’s first day races of racing at the Killarney Summer Festival.

Over the course of the next five days, the Killarney Summer Festival goes to post at the Irish track.

One of the seasonal highlights of the Irish summer racing calendar, there is both jumps and flat racing action to enjoy over the course of the week and top jockey Frankie Dettori will even make an appearance to ride at the Festival on Wednesday where he will make his Killarney debut.

The opening day on Monday is a mixed racing card featuring both flat and jumps racing action, and some notable names will be on show throughout the evening which gets underway at 5.50pm for the first race of a seven-race card.

5:50 – Seamus Mulvaney Bookmakers Fillies Maiden (3yo+) 1m3f

6:20 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Race (3-4yo) 1m3f

6:50 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap (3yo+) 1m3f

7:20 – BoyleSports Handicap Chase (Grade B) (4yo+) 2m1f

7:50 – Killarney Avenue Hotel Handicap Chase (5yo+ 0-102) 2m5f

8:20 – Killarney Park Hotel Handicap Chase (5yo+ 0-116) 2m5f

8:50 – BetVictor Novice Chase (5yo+) 2m7f

On a competitive first day racecard, Brian Healy gives his race by race selections for Killarney’s Monday racing fixture.

5:50 – Seamus Mulvaney Bookmakers Fillies Maiden (3yo+) 1m3f

IRRADIATE (7/2, Coral) can land the opener despite giving up experience to most of this field, and the Australia filly can go close on her debut for Joseph O’Brien.

Those with the benefit of experience don’t set the bar particularly high, so the Australia filly may not need to be anything out of the ordinary to make a winning introduction under the trainer’s younger brother Donnacha O’Brien which suggests she is the more fancied of the stable’s runners.

She hails from the same family as classy perfomers Beat Hollow and The Anvil, and she is closely related to some smart winners so she could prove herself to be a smart sort on her own merits in time.

With plenty of stamina in her pedigree, she rates a very interesting newcomer and in a relatively ordinary opening race she could make her presence felt at the first time of asking.

Joseph OBrien can saddle a winner on the Killarney card in Ireland

Joseph OBrien can saddle a winner on the Killarney card in Ireland

6:20 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Race (3-4yo) 1m3f

Ger Lyons’ PYTHION (1/5, Bet365) should prove very hard to beat back in much calmer waters having been contesting Group races since posting a debut win at Leopardstown last July.

The Olympic Glory colt was no match for Japan on his next outing, and having returned from a break he has run four times this term, finishing third on debut behind Broome in the Ballysax Stakes before disappointing behind the same rival next time out.

He posted arguably his best effort to date when denied only by Western Australia in Listed company at Navan in May, and the test of the Queens Vase might have been too much for him and he beat only two home behind Dashing Willoughby.

He possibly didn’t get home on that occasion over the longer trip in soft ground, but he drops back to a more suitable distance now and with better ground to contend with he ought to prove very difficult to beat taking a substantial step down in class.

6:50 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap (3yo+) 1m3f

FLOWERING PEACH (11/2, Paddy Power) is taken to get back on the scoresheet following a couple of disappointing runs, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge could go close.

The Galileo filly was a Gowran Park winner on the back of a short break back in June, after which he struggled in Listed and Group Three company which includes finishing sixth of the seven runners behind Peach Tree who went to post to contest the recent Stanerra Stakes.

Now stepping into a handicap for the first time, she may find this level a bit easier and an opening mark of 84 may not prove beyond her given that she remains with the scope to do better still for a yard which is in decent form at present.

Aidan OBrien can saddle a winner on the Killarney card in Ireland

Aidan OBrien can saddle a winner on the Killarney card in Ireland

7:20 – BoyleSports Handicap Chase (Grade B) (4yo+) 2m1f

Relatively unexposed over the larger obstacles, ALL THE ANSWERS (7/2, Ladbrokes) could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways.

Joseph O’Brien’s Kayf Tara gelding made hasn’t always convinced as a chaser, but he made a winning return following eleven months off at Cork last November, beating Tisamystery, and his subsequent fourth behind Duca De Thaix was a decent effort although the run may have come too soon.

He had two subsequent winners behind him however, and he makes his return here from another eight months off where a mark of 130 may not be beyond him.

Given he has shown he can go well first time up, he could be worth chancing to find further improvement over fences and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the mix in what looks a winnable race taking on some struggling rivals.

7:50 – Killarney Avenue Hotel Handicap Chase (5yo+ 0-102) 2m5f

ISLAND MASTER (9/2, William Hill) has been a largely consistent sort over fences, scoring at Galway last September to end a lengthy losing spell. However, despite his infrequent visits to the winners’ enclosure, he has managed to post several in-the-frame efforts inbetween.

The Turtle Island gelding made his return from eight months off the track to finish just over three lengths’ third behind Bellgrove at Tramore, and likely to be sharper now for that run he could be worth chancing to go a couple of places better here from only 1lb higher in the weights.

His rivals in this contest haven’t been inspiring confidence with their own displays recently, and given his own encouraging reappearance then William Burke’s runner could be the one to side with.

8:20 – Killarney Park Hotel Handicap Chase (5yo+ 0-116) 2m5f

SIZING SOLUTION (6/1, Coral) won twice in hunter chases back in the 2017 summer campaign, which included at this venue in the May where the King’s Threatre gelding beat Minella For Value.

Jim Dreaper’s cahrge shaped as if amiss when disappointing next time at Listowel, and he was subsequently absent for some time until making his Rules return at Wexford last month where he found only King’s War too strong by five lengths.

Allied with a previous outing in the point-to-point sphere back in May, the eleven-year old ought to be spot on now, and he appears very fairly treated on past form so it would be no surprise to see the veteran deliver a big run.

8:50 – BetVictor Novice Chase (5yo+) 2m7f

A classy closing contest featuring some improving chasers, and DINONS (4/1, Paddy Power) is taken to come out on top.

Willie Mullins saddles three of the quintet who goes to post for this contest with Robin De Carlow, Brahma Bull and Pont Aven all holding claims alongside Colin Bowe’s Victoria Bay. But Gordon Elliott’s classy hurdler has made a seamless transition to chasing, scoring wins at this venue and Wexford already this campaign.

The Balko gelding easily saw off Rock Road on his chase debut over course and distance back in May, and he battled back well to give 7lbs and a beating to the reopposing Victoria Bay whom he had just over one length in arrears.

This is a tougher test under a penalty, and he has to condece upwards of 5lbs to his rivals which will demand that he finds improvement; however, given he was a hugely progressive sort over timber, he could well tread a similar path over the larger obstacles and with the potential to do better still he is taken to uphold his perfect chase record despite the weight concession to some decent rivals.

Gordon Elliott can saddle Dinons to win the finale on day one of the Killarney Summer Festival

Gordon Elliott can saddle Dinons to win the finale on day one of the Killarney Summer Festival

2019 KILLARNEY SUMMER FESTIVAL TIPS – DAY ONE SELECTIONS

5:50 – IRRADIATE (7/2, Coral)

6:20 – PYTHION (1/5, Bet365)

6:50 – FLOWERING PEACH (11/2, Paddy Power)

7:20 – ALL THE ANSWERS (7/2, Ladbrokes)

7:50 – ISLAND MASTER (9/2, William Hill)

8:20 – SIZING SOLUTION (6/1, Coral)

8:50 – DINONS (4/1, Paddy Power)