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Killarney preview

Updated: Monday, 15 Jul 2013 12:50 | Comments

Tranquil Sea is favourite for the feature at Killarney on Monday
Tranquil Sea is favourite for the feature at Killarney on Monday

The Racing Post Handicap Chase takes centre stage on the first day of the Killarney July Festival, with the weights headed by old favourite Tranquil Sea.

Winner of the John Durkan and the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham in his time, Edward O'Grady's 11-year-old proved he retains plenty of his old sparkle when second at the Punchestown Festival on his most recent appearance.

He drops back in trip now and comes up against a couple of bright prospects in Absolutlyfantastic and Go All The Way, who struck at this meeting 12 months ago but has been absent since a Cheltenham tumble in October.

The pick of the Flat action is the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Race, which kicks off proceedings at 5.40.

Bluebell came up short when pitched into Group Three company at the Irish Derby fixture, but she won on her only previous outing under Joseph O'Brien and they are reunited for this more suitable assignment.

O'Brien again teams up with his father Aidan on League Of Nations in the Killarney Avenue/Munster Joinery Handicap, but the handicapper appeared to have caught up with him at Leopardstown and Listowel winner Lady Giselle and the John Oxx-trained Abu Nayef are less exposed.

Yet another trip to the Galway Festival is the objective for David Marnane's veteran Maundy Money after last week's Roscommon success, but he stops off at the O'Keeffe's Marquee Hire Rathmore Handicap on the way, where he takes on fellow last-start victors Empresario and The Ring Is King.

In contrast, there is no recent winning form to go on in the International Hotel Killarney Apprentice Handicap, but Positive Vibes wasn't beaten far when fancied at Ballinrobe and will have his supporters again.

Stay In My Heart was a couple of places ahead of Bridgequarter Girl when second at Wexford and is expected to confirm that superiority in the Bourn Vincent Memorial Mares Maiden Hurdle.

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