2019 Killarney Summer Festival tips – Through the card selections for day four of the County Kerry feature fixure

Pravalaguna can win the opening race on day four of the Killarney Summer Festival.

Pravalaguna can win the opening race on day four of the Killarney Summer Festival.

Brian Healy looks ahead to Thursday’s horse racing action and gives his race-by-race selections for all seven races on day four of the Killarney Summer Festival meeting.

It is day four of the 2019 Killarney Summer Festival on Thursday, and unlike previous days where the action took place in the evening, Thursday’s seven-race card over the sticks at the County Kerry venue goes to post in the afternoon with the first race getting underway at 2.25pm.

Brian Healy has been in good form throughout the previous three days of the summer feature festival in Ireland, and he gives his race-by-race selections for Thursday’s jumps fixture.

2:25 – Dawn Milk Omega Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f

2:55 – Abode Living Irish EBF Mares Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f

3:25 – Dawn Hi & Lo Milk Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m4f

3:55 – Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-116) 2m4f

4:25 – Dawn Milk Run Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m1f

4:55 – Europe Hotel Killarney Flat Race (4yo) 2m1f

5:30 – Christy Lucey Transport Limited (Ladies Pro/Am) Flat Race (5-7yo) 2m1f

2:25 – Dawn Milk Omega Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f

PRAVALAGUNA (10/3, Bet365) developed into a very useful chaser for Willie Mullins last term, winning twice which included the Listed Opera Hat Mares’ Chase at Naas back in February.

The Great Pretender mare subsequently found herself out of her depth in Grade One company at Cheltenham when thrust into the JLT Novices’ Chase, but she ran well in defeat subsequently when finding only Camelia Du Cotte too strong in a Grade Three chase at Fairyhouse in April.

A Punchestown faller when leading and still to be asked for effort, she was given a short break before returning in the Prix la Barka at Auteuil, where she finished seventh.

She has to give weight away all round to this field which includes the talented stablemate Shanning, but she sets the standard on her chase form and if she can bring the best of those efforts back to the smaller obstacles then she could take some stopping despite the weight concession.

Willie Mullins can get day four of Killarney off to a winning start

Willie Mullins can get day four of Killarney off to a winning start

2:55 – Abode Living Irish EBF Mares Hurdle (4yo+) 2m4f

Gavin Cromwell’s runners are in rude health at present, so his Archer’s Up gelding has to be respected on the back of his last time win; but GAME PRESENT (5/2, William Hill) could be the one to beat having also won last time out, and the Lecroix gelding is taken to strike gold again.

Henry de Bromhead’s charge has had just three starts over hurdles, latterly scoring with some ease over Laureate at Downpatrack last month where he ran out a nine lengths’ winner under this rider.

There could be better to come from him as he switches now to the handicap ranks where an initial rating of 113 doesn’t look overly harsh. The manner of that last-time win where he routed a big field hinted that he can continue to find progress and it would be no surprise to see him go close here in his bid to win again.

3:25 – Dawn Hi & Lo Milk Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m4f

STICKY SITUATION (5/2, Bet365) sets the standard on his recent outings, and while still a maiden after ten starts it could be that the Hurricane Run gelding can finally gain some just reward for his consistent recent efforts with a first win

Peter Neville’s eight year old has made the frame on all three runs since returning from nine months off the track, and he was last seen finishing runner-up behind Fast Buck at Listowel where although he was beaten ten lengths on that occasion, he in turn finished a similar distance ahead of his rivals which included two next-time winners.

The handicapper has pushed him up a further 2lbs in the weights, but the step up in trip for this outing could yield a jolt of improvement and he is chanced to get off the mark here.

3:55 – Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-116) 2m4f

PEACHES AND CREAM (11/8, William Hill) bolted up for Gavin Cromwell at Downpatrick three days ago, and given the yard’s current streak of form it wouldn’t come as a surprise if the Salutino gelding made light work of the subsequent 5lbs penalty he has to carry here.

Runner-up two runs ago at Down Royal, the four-year old appeared to have plenty up his sleeve when finishing 14 lengths clear of his field of rivals, and this race doesn’t appear to much stronger in depth.

A repeat of that effort ought to be enough to see the four-year old make a quick return to the winners’ enclosure and he should prove a tough nut to crack here for his red-hot stable.

In-form trainer Gavin Cromwell can saddle another winner at Killarney on Thursday

In-form trainer Gavin Cromwell can saddle another winner at Killarney on Thursday

4:25 – Dawn Milk Run Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m1f

MING DYNASTY (11/10, Coral) will have to concede upwards of a stone to this field of rivals, but Gavin Cromwell’s charge has looked hugely progressive in winning starts at Kilbeggan and Bellewstown since his return from a short break.

Also a Naas winner back in February, the King’s Best gelding had Avenir D’une Vie in arrears when scoring at Kilbeggan in June, and he latterly won cosily by two lengths over Ejayteekay at Bellewstown where he was value for more than the official winning margin.

The fifth horse home in that race has won since, and while a 9lbs rise in the weights for that success will demand a shade more from him, he can continue his progression to follow up and bag himself a hat-trick of successes.

4:55 – Europe Hotel Killarney Flat Race (4yo) 2m1f

It is slightly concerning that BE MY HERO (6/1, Bet365) has been fitted with a hood ahead of his racecourse debut, but Henry de Bromhead’s charge could nonetheless be up to making a winning start.

The Aizavoski gelding is bred for jumping and hails from a winning family so there is plenty to like about her chances on paper, while the trainer’s debutantes in this sphere are often worthy of respect.

While there are some interesting candidates in opposition from other notable yards, she ought to give a good account and it would be no surprise if she were to post a big effort on her first start.

Henry de Bromhead can saddle a Thursday winner at Killarney

Henry de Bromhead can saddle a Thursday winner at Killarney

5:30 – Christy Lucey Transport Limited (Ladies Pro/Am) Flat Race (5-7yo) 2m1f

WINGS OF DESTINY (4/7, William Hill) posted a very solid effort on his debut to finish three lengths’ third at Bellewstown behind Bentham last month, and a repeat of that effort could be good enough to see the Shirocco gelding get off the mark at the second time of asking.

Gordon Elliott’s charge looked to bump into a decent sort on that occasion, with the winner doing the job well; but the experience won’t have been lost on him and he is entitled to improve on that outing.

This doesn’t look a particularly strong race, and he can open his account now with Cheltenham Festival winner Lisa O’Neill in the saddle.

2019 KILLARNEY SUMMER FESTIVAL TIPS – DAY FOUR SELECTIONS

2:25 – PRAVALAGUNA (10/3, Bet365)

2:55 – GAME PRESENT (5/2, William Hill)

3:25 – STICKY SITUATION (5/2, Bet365)

3:55 – PEACHES AND CREAM (11/8, William Hill)

4:25 – MING DYNASTY (11/10, Coral)

4:55 – BE MY HERO (6/1, Bet365)

5:30 – WINGS OF DESTINY (4/7, William Hill)