16:30 Killarney

APPROACHING BEAR catches the eye now stepped up to a mile for the first time. The Belardo colt should be suited to the trip, as a full-brother to a horse who gained his sole win over this distance. There was much to like about his staying on fourth at Galway on handicap debut having been slowly away. Ard Mhacha was a place in front of the O'Brien colt at Galway but has more on his plate at these revised weights. However, with Ben Coen back in the saddle, he is sure to be right on the premises. Blindsided ran very well on his second start at Listowel but has failed to back that up subsequently. He is bred to appreciate this trip so perhaps, he can improve on recent form. Slaney Tide stayed on nicely in her maiden at Leopardstown last time so is another with potential now handicapping.
Prediction : 1st Approaching Bear 2nd Ard Mhacha 3rd Blindsided

17:05 Killarney

Despite dropping back to this distance for the first time, ENTROPY, shapes as though he has the pace to cope. A wide margin winner of a maiden at Sligo in May, he was subsequently raised to a mark of 92. Although the form of his recent Leopardstown third has been well advertised in the interim, the Sea The Stars colt can now race off just 88, with Jake Coen taking off 5lb. There is unlikely to be much between Longbourn and Hale Bopp on their recent Naas running. Although the former is slightly better off at the weights, the Lyons horse won with such authority that he may well confirm the form. Mudamer disappointed at Galway but had solid form prior to that and has to be respected as a three-year-old taking on his elders.
Prediction : 1st Entropy 2nd Longbourn 3rd Hale Bopp

17:35 Killarney

CONTARELLI CHAPEL can gain some compensation for a luckless run at Gowran Park last time. Racing beyond a mile for the first time, the daughter of Caravaggio was repeatedly denied a clear run throughout the last furlong. Hugely impressive at Naas on her debut last season, the filly had been slow to come to hand this term but has shaped much better recently. Neptune Rock has a bit to find on both ratings and form but appears to save her best for this track. She caught the eye staying on strongly from off the pace in a similar grade here last month. Stablemate Emphatic Answer also holds strong claims, as a former course and distance winner who has acquitted himself well in better company. He is well drawn to make a bold bid under Declan McDonagh.
Prediction : 1st Contarelli Chapel 2nd Neptune Rock 3rd Emphatic Answer

18:05 Killarney

Having long given the impression he wants a mile, BANTRY is interesting now that he is finally upped in distance. The Lope De Vega gelding stayed on strongly to be nearest at the finish at Gowran Park last time, having enjoyed no luck in running at Leopardstown on his previous start. John Joseph Murphy is always a trainer to fear at this meeting, so anything he runs commands respect. Aristovic, a winner over this course and distance last month, should be capable of playing a major role. The Johnny Levins-trained filly ran another solid race when staying on late to take third at the Curragh on Saturday. Provided this race doesn't come too soon, the three-year-old should go very close. Chatterbox has to be considered as the mount of Colin Keane. He most likely had the pick of the Murphy runners and appears to have sided with the handicap debutant.
Prediction : 1st Bantry 2nd Aristovic 3rd Chatterbox

18:35 Killarney

HIGH ALTITUDE has a tricky outside draw to negotiate but is simply too well handicapped to ignore. A winner here off 81 this time last year, the eight-year-old can now race off a rating of 65. He remains in good heart despite his advancing years, as evidenced by a close up second in a stronger contest over course and distance last month. Tashim has the ability to win a race of this nature but as a hold up horse, he needs to get the breaks at the right time. Having failed to do so on his two most recent starts, connections will be hoping for better luck now. Rockbury Lad has also endured less than straightforward passages on a few occasions this season. Trainer Michael O'Callaghan will be hoping that the three-year-old enjoys a welcome change of fortune.
Prediction : 1st High Altitude 2nd Tashim 3rd Rockbury Lad

19:05 Killarney

MASTER OF REALITY has been given a real chance by the handicapper and with Hugh Horgan taking an additional 7lb off his back, the topweight can make class count. The former Melbourne Cup runner-up (subsequently placed fourth) has proven ability in premier handicap company, as well as being a winner at Group 3 and Listed level. Killarney should really suit his prominent style of racing and he should prove a difficult horse to pass. Stablemate Herring Island is a lightly raced, unexposed three-year-old who literally could be anything. Although he lacks the experience for a race such as this, he could well be a group performer in the making. Dame Rapide has been one of the big success stories of the flat campaign to date and her rate of progress shows no sign of stopping just yet.
Prediction : 1st Master Of Reality 2nd Herring Island 3rd Dame Rapide

19:35 Killarney

ARABIAN KING can overturn recent Leopardstown form with Rich Belief at these revised weights. The Matthew Smith-trained gelding, a winner here over hurdles last month, remains unexposed on the level for new connections. His Leopardstown conqueror, Rich Belief, had been unlucky at Galway on his penultimate start so has to be respected. Anna Bunina is undeniably well handicapped back on the flat but has yet to prove she wants a trip in excess of 12f. If the John McConnell-trained six-year-old stays, then she will prove extremely difficult to beat. Tramore winner Barometer is well-in here, as he is due to go up an additional 2lb as a result of his easy success at the County Waterford track.
Prediction : 1st Arabian King 2nd Rich Belief 3rd Anna Bunina

20:05 Killarney

Representing leading connections and having no stamina issues to prove, CAPE GENTLEMAN, should take all the beating in this finale. A very respectable run in the Galway Plate last month showed that the six-year-old is in good form and with a rating of 100 on the level, he is clearly a classy performer. The Joseph O'Brien-trained Ruling is 1lb higher but has yet to convince he wants this trip. Well beaten over 14f at Royal Ascot last season, he was extremely impressive when subsequently dropping half a mile to win his maiden at the Curragh. The Shunter is a high-class handicapper over both fences and hurdles but showed he isn't slow when winning a maiden at Sligo on the flat. He should be a leading contender for major honours.
Prediction : 1st Cape Gentleman 2nd Ruling 3rd The Shunter

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