14:10 Killarney

THE LAST MARDI might be able to take this on his debut over flights. Successful in bumpers at Ballinrobe and Downpatrick respectively, he since ran well to finish third on the level at the Galway Festival. The form of that Ballybrit race is working out well, with subsequent winners in second, fourth and fifth. The 116-rated Hisnameis Mrdevitt has plenty of experience over flights and is given second preference. Last seen finishing sixth in a competitive handicap hurdle at Market Rasen, the Peter Fahey-trained five-year-old could make the breakthrough here. Still Ciel and Viceregent both filled the runner-up spot on the same Cork card earlier this month. The pair are open to further improvement, with the former a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Skyace. The Willie Mullins-trained Uncle Phil is another sure to have plenty of supporters and it'll come as no surprise if he manages to score here, on what will be his first start over hurdles.
Prediction : 1st The Last Mardi 2nd Hisnameis Mrdevitt 3rd Still Ciel

14:45 Killarney

MOVIE KING looks the one to side with. In a first-time visor, the five-year-old ran a cracker on his most recent start at Kilbeggan, staying on well but ultimately having to settle for second, going down by just half a length. The visor is left off now, but the son of Animal Kingdom is stepped-up in trip to 2m 4f and this should play to his strengths. It's difficult to make a case for many of these. O Mio Babbino is one of interest though and she is given second preference. Out of three-time winner Baidin Fheilimi, who claimed this very race back in 2013, the Patrick Cronin-trained six-year-old has two point-to-point wins to her name. She has yet to create a real impression on the track but could make her presence felt in a race of this quality. Western Doyen wasn't beaten far when sixth at Ballinrobe earlier this month and he has definite claims, while Let Her Flow, Roccorionach (first time tongue-strap) and Shannon Glory are others that warrant respect.
Prediction : 1st Movie King 2nd O Mio Babbino 3rd Western Doyen

15:20 Killarney

MOLLY WEDGER has a good record at Killarney and should run well in this ultra-competitive affair. Third in a similar contest over the course and distance in May, she since won here in July. Narrowly beaten on the level at Tramore last week, that effort will have left her fighting fit for this assignment. Willie Mullins saddles Finest Evermore and Berkshire Royal, with the latter given second preference. He has failed to make an impact on the level of late but was a fine sixth in a fiercely competitive 24-runner contest at the Punchestown Festival on his most recent start over flights. Rated 14lb higher over fences, Snugsborough Hall reverts to the smaller obstacles for the first time since March. The Liam Cusack-trained gelding has a course and distance win to his name and has been knocking on the door in recent months. Vultan is an interesting contender but is difficult to assess, returning from a lengthy absence, taking a significant step-up in trip. Charles Byrnes saddles Doctor Duffy and Summer Tide and they both warrant respect, while Flying Scotsman and Mars Harper are others for the shortlist.
Prediction : 1st Molly Wedger 2nd Berkshire Royal 3rd Snugsborough Hall

15:55 Killarney

VINA ARDANZA is a classy recruit to fences and should prove hard to beat. He competed at the highest level over flights at Aintree and Punchestown in April, finishing an excellent third to Jonbon at the Merseyside venue. A faller in the Galway Hurdle when sent off at just 14-1, he takes a significant drop-in class here. Henry de Bromhead is represented by Ballybough Native and Freddie Robdal, with the former given second preference. Bought by current connections for £195,000 after winning a bumper on debut at Tipperary, he has been ultimately disappointing since. The Shirocco gelding starts off over fences now and may come into his own over the larger obstacles. Wouldn't You Agree, who has a course win to his name, Whosgotyanow, My Boy Bob and Cahirdown Boy are likely to be battling it out for minor honours.
Prediction : 1st Vina Ardanza 2nd Ballybough Native 3rd Wouldnt You Agree

16:30 Killarney

Willie Mullins saddles half the field, but they may have to settle for minor honours behind CALL ME LYREEN. The Gordon Elliott-trained selection went down by three-parts-of-a-length in a Grade 3 at Galway, staying on well in the closing stages but ultimately having to settle for the runner-up spot. Back up in trip now to 2m4f, he looks the one to beat. The Little Yank is given second preference, carrying just 10-9 with Kieran Buckley taking 5lb off. He was second to Ash Tree Meadow on his most recent start over fences, with Influential Lady in third. Ash Tree Meadow was since a fine fourth in the Galway Plate, while Influential Lady won easily at Tramore on Sunday. Ganapathi was four-and-a-half lengths behind the selection at Galway and might struggle to reverse the form, with Authorized Art appearing the pick of the Mullins trio. He was beaten into second on his debut over fences but since won easily at Limerick and should go close here with Danny Mullins aboard. Rambranlt'jac did well to win a beginners at Galway. He kept on well to lead in the closing stages there and so this drop in trip is unlikely to play to his strengths.
Prediction : 1st Call Me Lyreen 2nd The Little Yank 3rd Authorized Art

17:05 Killarney

A typically-competitive renewal of this Grade B contest. Willie Mullins holds a strong hand, saddling both ROCK ROAD and Mi Lighthouse. Preference is for the former who has won three times in six starts since joining the team at Closutton. A winner on his last two outings over fences, he was again successful over flights on his most recent start at Galway. The hat-trick seeking Mi Lighthouse gets second preference on what will be her debut in handicap company. Given a mark of 125, she should be able to make her presence felt with Jack Foley taking 3lb off. Fils d'Oudairies is an interesting contender for Gordon Elliott. A runner-up at the Aintree and Punchestown Festivals, he finished a solid fifth on his return to action at Galway. Back over fences now for the first time since April of 2021, a bold bid looks likely. Henry de Bromhead, Jessica Harrington and John Ryan are all double handed. Harrington saddles Discordantly and Exit Poll, with the former fitted with a visor for the first time, while Ryan's Ferdia will be attempting to follow-up on a recent Tramore win.
Prediction : 1st Rock Road 2nd Mi Lighthouse 3rd Fils Doudairies

17:40 Killarney

This concerns just three, with MARINE NATIONALE marginally preferred over Follow The Brave and My Gaffer. The selection impressed on debut at Punchestown in May beating the well-touted Demandrivingdouvan into second. Follow The Brave failed to make an impact on his first start but since justified favouritism at Ballinrobe, easily dismissing 14-rivals. Reported to have 'loved that nice ground' at the Co Mayo venue, he might not appreciate any further rain. With an age allowance and Harry Swan claiming a valuable 7lb, My Gaffer will carry just 10-11. The Malinas gelding came in for plenty of market support prior to his debut at Roscommon, running a fine race there to finish second, going nine lengths clear of the third. He is entitled to improve for that run but may find the aforementioned duo a bit too strong.
Prediction : 1st Marine Nationale 2nd Follow The Brave 3rd My Gaffer

20/08/2022 Killarney Acca