2019 Killarney Summer Festival tips – Through the card picks for day two at the County Kerry venue

Jessica Harrington can saddle a winner on day two of the Killarney Summer Festival.

Jessica Harrington can saddle a winner on day two of the Killarney Summer Festival.

Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look at the second day of racing at the Killarney Summer Festival meeting, where he gives his selections for all seven races on the day.

After a thrilling first day of action at the Killarney Summer Festival, day two looks sure to provide further excitement as another seven-race card goes to post featuring both flat and jumps racing.

The second of five days’ racing, Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections on another competitive evening which gets underway with the first race at 5.50pm.

5:50 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race (3yo) 1m

6:20 – Flesk Handicap (3yo) 1m

6:50 – International Hotel Handicap (4yo+) 1m

7:20 – M.D. O’Shea’s Mares Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m7f

7:50 – Laurels Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m7f

8:20 – Irish Examiner Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m1f

8:50 – BetVictor Mares (Pro/Am) Flat Race (4-7yo) 2m1f

5:50 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race (3yo) 1m

DUNKIRK HARBOUR (5/4, William Hill) is forgiven his last effort in the Britannia Stakes where the Declaration Of War colt was badly hampered and beat only a handful of rivals home.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge is perhaps better judged on his earlier good efforts at Dundalk where he made the frame in April before scoring over this trip later that month; and he ran well in defeat subsequently back on turf behind Hazapour at Leopardstown in the Group Three Amethyst Stakes where he finished fourth.

Back in much calmer waters now and with his stable continuing in good form, he could prove a tough nut to crack in this much smaller field, and on these favourable terms he is expected to bounce back.

Aidan OBrien can saddle a winner on day two of the Killarney Summer Festival

Aidan OBrien can saddle a winner on day two of the Killarney Summer Festival

6:20 – Flesk Handicap (3yo) 1m

CALLING TIME (4/1, William Hill) has won three of her last five starts, most recently digging deep to strike on her return from five months off at Roscommon earlier in the month, and Jessica Harrington’s charge can go close in her bid to win again.

The Camelot filly found plenty for pressure having travelled strongly into the race to eventually deny Highly Approved by a half-length, and a step back up to one mile will have little adverse effect.

She can defy a 6lbs penalty for that latest success assuming this doesn’t come too soon in the wake of those exertions, and it would be no surprise to see another bold bid from her as she bids to follow up on that last-time win.

6:50 – International Hotel Handicap (4yo+) 1m

ANGELS (4/1, Bet365) hasn’t won for a while, but she has posted some solid placed efforts recently and Johnny Murtagh’s charge can get back on the winning trail.

The Dark Angel filly scored her last success at Pontefract when trained by Tim Easterby, but her last three runs have seen her finish third in starts at Fairyhouse and Gowran Park – beaten two lengths each time – and latterly runner-up behind Frosty Beach at Naas where she was denied only by a head.

She had looked set to score, but the winner caught her on the line having come with a strong late challenge, and that race has since thrown up a subsequent winner.

Only 1lb higher in the weights, her jockey can now utilise his full claim for this assignment having been unable to claim his allowance last time, and so the terms of this race give her every chance of a return to the winners’ enclosure if she can post a similar effort.

7:20 – M.D. O’Shea’s Mares Maiden Hurdle (4yo+) 2m7f

Winning point-to-pointer HONEY COME HOME (5/1, Bet365) shaped well on her hurdles debut at Wexford last month, finishing six lengths’ fourth behind Buttevant Lady, and that experience will have done the Mahler mare no harm at all.

Paul Doyle’s charge wasn’t helped by being hampered late in the race although she was already held at the time; but it was a decent first effort, and she should have learned plenty from the outing.

The form itself might only be ordinary, but the application of a first-time tongue-tie for this outing could help deliver some improvement, along with a step up in trip which ought to suit.

She can progress on the back of her debut effort to finish closer now, and it would come as no surprise if she were to go close with the potential for better to come.

7:50 – Laurels Handicap Hurdle (4yo+) 2m7f

Gavin Cromwell has his team in decent heart at present, and STATIC JACK (11/2, William Hill) could be worth siding with to go one better than his latest runner-up effort at Down Royal last month.

The Heliostatic gelding was rather hit and miss over hurdles and fences for previous handler Ellmarie Holden, and one has to go back to April 2017 and a victory at Cork over fences to find his last success.

The move to this in-form yard helped him to deliver his best run in some time as he was denied only by a nose behind Ozzie’s Way with the pair pulling three lengths and more clear of the remainder. That form may not amount to much, and he is 3lbs higher in the weights for this assignment which will demand more from him in a stronger race.

However, in the hope that he can repeat that latest run on his second outing for his in-form yard then he could be worth chancing to go one better.

Gavin Cromwell can saddle a winner on day two of the Killarney Summer Festival

Gavin Cromwell can saddle a winner on day two of the Killarney Summer Festival

8:20 – Irish Examiner Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m1f

DOYEN BAY (6/1, Paddy Power) cut little ice over hurdles last term, but a spell racing between the flags has helped restore confidence in the Doyen gelding, and following a win at Liscarrol he has since opened his account over timber with a success at Tramore back in June.

Edward O’Grady’s charge ran out a half-length winner over Nancy D’alton, rallying well to get back up for the win having made a last-hurdle mistake which had looked to cost him the race. The front pair had pulled almost four lengths clear of the rest, and despite being hit with a 6lbs rise for that win he could well find further improvement.

The combination of a tongue-tie and cheekpieces which were worn together for the first time on that occasion could help to deliver another positive performance, and he is chanced to follow up for all he probably needs a shade more now.

8:50 – BetVictor Mares (Pro/Am) Flat Race (4-7yo) 2m1f

STAR ADVENTURE (2/1, Bet365) won over a longer trip on his debut in a Wexford bumper earlier in the month, scoring readily over 2m4f with a two lengths’ defeat of Zola.

Noel Meade’s Gold Well mare has since seen that form given a small boost by the seventh horse home finishing runner-up subsequently over hurdles, and she could improve for her own outing which hinted at better to come.

She has to prove as effective over a lesser trip given that she looked a strong stayer in that Wexford success. But, assuming that she inconvenienced by the sharper test here then she ought to go well again.

She is however bred for the flat, and she is in top hands so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her find a jolt of improvement to follow up in this contest.

2019 KILLARNEY SUMMER FESTIVAL TIPS – DAY TWO SELECTIONS

5:50 – DUNKIRK HARBOUR (5/4, William Hill)

6:20 – CALLING TIME (4/1, William Hill)

6:50 – ANGELS (4/1, Bet365)

7:20 – HONEY COME HOME (5/1, Bet365)

7:50 – STATIC JACK (11/2, William Hill)

8:20 – DOYEN BAY (6/1, Paddy Power)

8:50 – STAR ADVENTURE (2/1, Bet365)