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Thursday 15 November 2018

Power ready to get off the mark

NEVER SAY NEVER: Neverushacon can deliver the goods at Killarney. Photo: Caroline Norris
NEVER SAY NEVER: Neverushacon can deliver the goods at Killarney. Photo: Caroline Norris

Robbie Power could ride his first winner since returning from his shoulder injury when teaming up with course and distance winner Neverushacon at Killarney.

Jessica Harrington's versatile seven-year-old returns to hurdles after a somewhat disappointing effort in the Galway Plate last time out and he gets the nod over Galway flat winner Nessun Dorma in the At The Races Hurdle.

Neverushacon won a similar race to this back in May having ran well at the Punchestown Festival. This is his first hurdle assignment since then and his mark of 129 still looks favourable as opposed to Nessun Dorma, who has failed to show the same level of ability in handicap hurdles as he has in competitive flat handicaps.

Gordon Elliott would be a frequent winner of three-year-old hurdles and just the second of the season looks like going his way with Elysian Plains.

The former Ger Lyons-trained runner would have cost Gigginstown a nice few quid after his Fairyhouse win and he was third in the first juvenile hurdle of the season at Roscommon last month. Hooded for the first time, Elysian Plains is expected to put his experience to good use here.

Winners

Killarney's third day of their August meeting is a mixed card and could feature a couple of Joseph O'Brien-trained winners on the level.

Downdraft takes a notable drop in class for the John J. Galvin & Son Limited Rated Race which has been won by some decent sorts over the years, and with apprentice Shane Crosse's 7lbs claim this would look a good opportunity for the three-year-old who was fancied to run a big race at Royal Ascot.

The frustrating-to-follow National Wealth will be opposed by many but maybe in handicap company he could find his niche against plenty of exposed rivals and getting a three-year-old allowance.

Willie Mullins looks to have a strong hand at Kilbeggan later. Koroleva, Robin De Carlow and Shush is likely to be a popular opening race treble for many punters, while Solindian is an interesting newcomer in the bumper for the champion trainer and will carry the colours of Qatar Racing.

Koroleva was second at Cork but pulled well clear of the third horse and is tough to oppose, while the winner that night, Just Klass, has to take on Robin De Carlow in the following novice hurdle. A seven-length winner here last time, Robin De Carlow has stable companion Masons Daughter to beat but should do so.

Shush was an impressive bumper winner and it would be a surprise if she didn't make a winning start over hurdles with little other notable form in the race.

Davy Russell is due to ride Its All Guesswork in the beginners chase at the Westmeath venue and a repeat of his Galway effort should be enough for Its All Guesswork to open his account over fences.

KILLARNEY TODAY

4.45 An Aingeal Dubh

5.20 Downdraft

5.55 Maysiyana

6.30 National Wealth

7.00 Neverushacon

7.30 Elysian Plains

8.00 Global Racing

KILBEGGAN TODAY

5.10 Koroleva

5.40 Robin De Carlow

6.10 Shush

6.40 Touchedbyanangel

7.10 Its All Guesswork

7.40 Dont Kick Nor Bite

8.10 Solindian

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