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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Scriobh Nua can deliver for Bolger in Killarney feature

Scriobh Nua
Scriobh Nua

Killarney continue their July Festival with a mixed card today and the most valuable contest down for decision is the opener for three-year-olds on the level.

Cork maiden winner El Greco is likely to keep improving for Aidan O'Brien but the only filly in this five-runner field, Scriobh Nua, might just be able to see off the lads on this occasion.

Jim Bolger's daughter of New Approach won her maiden at Leopardstown over seven furlongs last month and she ran with credit over 10 at Naas last time. Dropping back to an extended mile is expected to suit Scriobh Nua, who tops the handicapper's assessment of this bunch as well.

The colours of Paul McKeon were carried to victory earlier this year by Champion Bumper winner Relegate and they could be familiar to punters at Killarney if Prosecution can grace the winners' enclosure.

The picturesque Kerry venue got some substantial showers yesterday morning but are predicting a clear day today and the ground will remain on the fast side of good, which should suit Johnny Murtagh's charge.

Murtagh couldn't be happier with the level his string are performing to and Prosecution was just unfortunate to bump into a good sort at Sligo last time and should be able to make his mark in this company of a decent mark of 73.

It'll be interesting to see the Irish debut of Easy Game for Willie Mullins in the opening jump race of the July Festival.

The French recruit had one run in France and Harold Kirk spent €80,000 to bring him to Ireland for Nick Peacock's Wicklow Bloodstock operation and it looks like he'll just have to run to a rating in low 100's to be successful here and most of the Mullins newcomers do manage that.

Niall Madden senior legged his son Tom up on Pass The Ball to win at Bellewstown just over a week ago and will be hoping his eldest son, Niall junior, can enjoy similar success when the nine-year-old bids to defy top weight in the Download And Bet With The Ladbrokes App Handicap Hurdle.

Pass The Ball has yet to win off his revised hurdle rating since bolting up at Tipperary a year ago but he showed himself in good form last time and it looks a good opportunity for the Madden family.

Meanwhile, Epsom Derby hero Masar won't run again this season his trainer Charlie Appleby confirmed yesterday.

Masar was declared to run in the Coral Eclipse at Sandown last Saturday but was ruled out on the eve of that race after Appleby and his team found something amiss with the colt.

Following further investigations into the injury over the weekend, it was decided that Masar would not run again this season but would return next year as a four-year-old.

"What we thought was a bang on the tendon is actually soft tissue damage there," Appleby revealed yesterday.

"The inflammation came down within 48-hours but the heat took a bit longer to come out of the leg and immediate scans don't always give you the true picture.

"We had him rescanned after the time we felt was needed and he had the 10-day scan (on Saturday) and the result showed some damage there.

"It's damage that time will let heal it and the more time we give it the better it will be for his four-year-old career.

"After discussions with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed he was keen to see him stay in training, so we felt to give him the best chance next year we would give him the rest of this season off.

"He's a substantial colt anyway, there's a chance there's more to come and going into his four-year-old season he takes the best mile-and-a-half form."

KILLARNEY TODAY

6.00 Scriobh Nua

6.30 Prosecution

7.00 Birth Of Venus

7.30 Alwarda

8.00 Easy Game

8.30 Pass The Ball

9.00 Beautiful City

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