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Sunday 8 December 2019

Bowerman's curtain call

IN THE MIX: Bowerman can score at Killarney
IN THE MIX: Bowerman can score at Killarney

The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes is the final feature race of the year at Killarney as the curtain comes down on the season there today with an all Flat card.

BOWERMAN (2.30, Killarney) is a rather recent acquisition for trainer Aido McGuinness but connections could be well rewarded if the former Roger Varian inmate can win this €50,000 prize.

The five-year-old full horse was bought in July for 52,000 guineas and ran well on his stable debut less than a fortnight later when second to I Am Superman and if he progresses again he can be in the mix in what might not be quite a vintage renewal of this race.

Colin Keane, Donnacha O'Brien and Shane Foley all put the Irish jockeys' championship to the back of their mind this afternoon to go to York to try and win the Ebor and the horse that went off favourite for the Ebor last year, STRATUM (4.40, Killarney) lines up in the concluding JOC Metal Fabrication Race where Patrick Mullins rides for his father Willie.

That partnership are going for three in a row in this race having won it two years ago with Max Dynamite who contests the Ebor today.

Keane may well miss the opening winner on BABY ZEUS (12.50, Killarney) who is a course and distance winner expected to defy a penalty.

Given that it is a 232km trip from Killarney to Kilbeggan, Patrick Mullins won't be hanging around after the last in Kerry if he is to make it to ride BLUE JACARANDA (8.10, Kilbeggan).

Maybe that effort is a tip in itself for the newcomer.

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