Killarney Sunday – Raise a glass of Sherry to Feane filly4 min read
Just Sherry can score if blinkers work as expected, while Henry de Bromhead has an outsider of interest in the middle-distance maiden
2:25 Killarney Racegoers Club Handicap 1m 25y
She may have disappointed last time, but Just Sherry is capable of bouncing back if blinkers have the expected galvanising effect, and she needs only reproduce the form she showed when second at Gowran on her penultimate start to go very close. She initially improved for the fitting of cheekpieces, but her form dipped last time, and she appears to be crying out for something more severe to help her concentrate. Johnny Feane’s filly is one of three runners wearing first-time blinkers, and another of that trio, Chaparral Dream is a potential danger for the in-form Ado McGuinness yard.
Tip: Back Just Sherry @
3:30 Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Cairn Rouge Stakes
Petticoat steps up from handicaps, but there is no doubting that she deserves her place at this level, and she was very impressive when scoring off a mark of 90 at the Curragh last time from Most Gifted, who has won since. That filly reopposes on 6lb better terms, but a recalculation of weights and measures suggests that Petticoat still has her measure, and the longer trip is also likely to help Mick Halford’s four-year-old confirm the form. There will be no hiding place here, and any bounce off the Curragh effort could be fatal, but Petticoat looks the likeliest winner on recent evidence.
Tip: Back Petticoat @
4:05 Dermot O’Leary Flesk Restaurant Memorial Fillies Maiden
Active Approach is clearly the one to beat, and although she’s had plenty of chances, it’s hard to say she’s entirely exposed, and I’d not put anyone off backing her, but this race has an interesting each-way shape with a short-priced favourite, and I fancy that we haven’t seen the best of Dharma Rain by some way. The daughter of High Chaparral is related to some useful types, and while she’s not achieved a great deal in two starts to date, she’s needed the experience, and still has the scope to do much better. Normally one with such a profile isn’t to be backed until handicaps are an option, but given her pedigree and modus operandi of her trainer Henry de Bromhead, I’d be fairly certain that she will be giving this her best shot, and the step up in trip will suit. De Bromhead had a winner on the flat at Leopardstown on Thursday, and produced a shock maiden winner in the shape of Chicago May at Navan last weekend. He may be better known for his exploits at the winter game, but he clearly shouldn’t be underestimated as a flat trainer.
Tip: Back Dharma Rain e/w @