Tony Keenan

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Killarney’s four-day August meeting wraps up with an all-flat card on Saturday afternoon where the featured Dunloe Hotel & Gardens Vincent O’Brien Ruby Stakes at 2:30 is as tight a Listed race as you will see.

Five pounds cover the top 11 runners on official ratings and Lady Wannabe looks the right favourite; her progress this season can be measured by the fact she got closer to Viadera over course-and-distance last time than when they met on 23lb worse terms in May.

She has been well-found in the market however, and perhaps the lower-grade races are of more betting interest.

BELLSINTHEWOOD shaped with promise on all three of her maiden runs before not having things go her way on nursery debut at Galway; she looks overpriced in the Irish EBF Supporting Irish Champions Weekend Nursery Handicap at 1:20.

A tendency to miss the break has not helped thus far but she posted some decent sectionals first time out at Limerick before staying on well after an unpromising start at Bellewstown behind a talented pair in Secret Stash and Raven’s Cry.

Her final maiden start was over this course-and-distance and she travelled well for a long way in what looked a decent race where most of the main yards were represented.

Racing from out of the handicap and drawn widest of all at Galway, she got hampered leaving the stalls and finished up racing detached in rear with In From The Cold. Even allowing that the pace was overly strong, it is difficult to come from behind at Ballybrit over seven furlongs but both her and In From The Cold made significant late gains, Bellsinthewood beaten only two lengths in sixth and looking like this mile would suit.

In From The Cold (who re-opposes now on 15lb worse terms) won next time out before running well at the Curragh last Friday and has his chance but Ray Cody’s filly is a much bigger price racing off a 3lb lower mark than last time and the yard have been among the winners lately.

Things haven’t gone the way of ARCLAND this season but his best effort to date came under similar conditions to this back at Naas in April and he can go well in division two of the Redbox Brand Consultants Handicap at 3:35.

That Naas run was over a mile with some ease in the ground, basically what he encounters here, and produced a good time-figure and it is probably worth forgiving his uninspiring recent form figures over longer trips when shaping better than the result.

He raced too keenly on his penultimate start at Navan over ten furlongs, tanking to the front early and doing well to hold on for sixth given his earlier exertions, while he was given too much to do when filling the same position at the Curragh last time over the same trip in a race that developed from the front.

It didn’t help his cause that he got caught behind one of his rivals early in the straight as he wanted to make his run but came home very well without getting a hard time, doing the fastest final three-furlong split in the race.

That race looked a strong handicap for the grade and Saturday’s race is hardly much better, allowing that course horse High Altitude should go well under his penalty for a win earlier in the week.

Tony Keenan’s next tipping column will be on Saturday, August 31st.


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Killarney 13:20, 24 August 2019

Killarney 15:35, 24 August 2019

Finished 3 of 15 @ 5/1

mid-division early, a little keen towards outer, 8th halfway, some headway to chase leaders but no impression over 1f out, kept on without threatening inside final furlong

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