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Monday 15 October 2018

Time to be Brave and side with Wicklow and Mullins

WINNING PAIR: Wicklow Brave and Patrick Mullins join together this evening in Killarney.
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WINNING PAIR: Wicklow Brave and Patrick Mullins join together this evening in Killarney. Photo: racingpost.com

Fresh from breaking Ted Walsh's record for winners ridden by an amateur, Patrick Mullins, with 546 winners, can slowly begin to eat into his quest to reach 1,000 by winning on Wicklow Brave (6.30 Killarney) this evening.

Killarney stage a mixed card again for the fourth day of their July Festival and Wicklow Brave looks an obvious choice in the Rose Hotel Amateur Race.

Just seven runners have been declared for the 1m6f Flat race and also lining up is the Triumph Hurdle winner Ivanovich Gorbatov, who remains without a win since that Cheltenham triumph in 2016.

Highly rated chaser Pergrine Run and Daybreak Boy, who ran at Royal Ascot for Henry de Bromhead, make this a tidy little contest, but the 2016 Irish St Leger winner should have too much class for his rivals on this occasion.

Rachael Blackmore takes two rides on the Flat this evening, the first of which is on Good To Flow for Pat Fahy, but High Mounte (6.00 Killarney) looks the pick in that 1m6f maiden, and after that she rides Townshend, who is a likely favourite for Willie Mullins in the Killarney Park Hotel Handicap.

However, Blackmore's second ride on the card might just be denied by her former weighroom colleague Robbie McNamara, who saddles Dasmyhoss (7.05 Killarney) in the 2m1f contest.

McNamara landed a nice gamble at the weekend and he can enjoy another winner here with the five-year-old who looks capable of winning off his current rating.

Dasmyhoss was a bumper winner in the past and ran well in a winners' race and should go close here after finishing second in an apprentice race last month.

John Kiely looks to have found a perfect opportunity for Just Janice (7.35 killarney) to get back to winning ways. Davy Russell is booked to ride Just Janice in a mares' hurdle that she should win with ease, while Pat Kelly's long journey from Galway can be worth the trip with Lizzies Champ (8.10 killarney) in the penultimate race.

The champion jockey Colin Keane and the title-chasing Donnacha O'Brien both go to Fairyhouse for their eight-race card and both will be expecting to get among the winners.

Keane rides the highest-rated runner in the opening claimer and Elysian Plains (5.05 Fairyhouse) should be too good there, while later on the card Keane can get back into the winner's enclosure in the first division of the Race Displays Handicap aboard Pillar (6.45 Fairyhouse) for Aido McGuinness.

Ger Lyons has the potential to team up with his stable jockey for a double on the card as Elegant Drama (7.50 Fairyhouse) looks to have found a slightly easier assignment than when last seen finishing third behind the improving Soffia.

Donnacha O'Brien's best chance would look to be on Coral Beach (6.15 Fairyhouse) for his father in the six-furlong maiden as the son of Zoffany looks to win at the sixth time of asking and later on the card Focus Of Attention (7.20 Fairyhouse) can defy top weight for Joseph in the second division of that six-furlong handicap.

Sharjah (8.25 Fairyhouse) reappears again quickly after running a good race at Navan and shouldn't be far away, while Herald columnist Declan McDonogh has a couple of good chances for Dermot Weld, but the best seems to be Sheberghan (8.55 Fairyhouse) in the finale.

Meanwhile, Sea Of Class is all the rage for Saturday's Irish Oaks according to bookmakers BoyleSports.

The daughter of Sea The Stars has been backed into 5/2 from 7/2 to fend off a strong Aidan O'Brien team, including Royal Ascot winner Magic Wand who remains the current favourite of the 15 fillies that remain in the Curragh Classic.

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