Zaralabad impresses in Killarney
AFTER running into traffic and finishing a disappointing fourth in last year's renewal, the Charlie Swan trained Zaralabad battled hard to land the www.thetote.com Kingdom Gold Cup at Killarney.
The horse had been in winning form after a win in Bellewstown last week and followed up that success with a gutsy display to land the feature at the Kerry track yesterday.
Many came with their chances up the straight here, but it was a case of the old dog for the hard road inside the final furlong as the seven-year-old Zaralabad forged on to beat Dimona.
"He obviously comes right at this time of year and he was unlucky here last year," Swan said.
"He likes tight tracks and fast ground. He was drawn high in the amateur handicap at Galway and they went no pace there -- he needs a true run race.
"I'm not sure where we'll go from here. The good handicap at Naas in October where he was fourth last year (behind Gimli's Rock) could be a target for him again."
Winning Jockey Johnny Murtagh (pictured right) was overheard remarking to Swan that he knew the race was over after a furlong.