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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Ballyoisin aiming to keep crown

REPEAT: Ballyoisin hope to win the same race again at Killarney Pic: racingpost.com
REPEAT: Ballyoisin hope to win the same race again at Killarney Pic: racingpost.com

Enda Bolger returns to Killarney this evening with Ballyoisin (8.00) and it'll be fascinating to see if the seven-year-old can win the feature Rentokil Initial Handicap Chase for a second year in a row.

Now rated 13lb higher than he was 12 months ago, Ballyoisin faces a much tougher task, but he is a horse that has run just 15 times on the track, won six of those, was placed in four and fell four times. His only effort outside the money when completing was at the Punchestown Festival when he was returning from a break and back over hurdles and he wasn't even beaten that far despite finishing eighth.

Bolger mentioned concerns about his ability to handle Galway when he won the last day so it looks like a Galway Plate tilt is being shelved but he certainly looks a classy horse and despite the burden of top weight, Ballyoisin might just be able to bring up the hat-trick.

In the other jump races on the card this evening, Rachael Blackmore can continue her championship-leading pace by winning the 2m4f handicap chase on Mindsmadeup (8.30), while Robin Des Foret (9.00) looks the pick in the novice chase.

The card begins with a winners race in which Ger Lyons' Roscommon winner Kestrel Prince is expected to progress again and score under Colin Keane.

John Oxx enjoyed a double here at the weekend and the long journey down can be worth it again with Firdtjof Nansen (6.30) fitted with blinkers for the first time in the maiden and they can help him get his head in front for the first time.

The consistent Night Law (7.30) is the pick in the competitive International Hotel Handcap.

KILLARNEY TODAY

6.00 Kestrel Prince

6.30 Fridtjof Nansen

7.00 Arthurian Fame

7.30 Night Law

8.00 Ballyoisin

8.30 Mindsmadeup

9.00 Robin Des Foret

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