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Captain Joy seeks Ruby sparkle at Killarney

Updated: Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 12:54 | Comments

David Marnane hopes Elleval can shine at the Ruby Stakes at Killarney
David Marnane hopes Elleval can shine at the Ruby Stakes at Killarney

Tracey Collins feels Captain Joy would not be winning out of turn if he can claim Listed honours in the Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes at Killarney on Wednesday evening.

The four-times Dundalk scorer has actually never won on turf in eight attempts, but has run some excellent races in defeat.

A couple of placed efforts at the Curragh this term have been backed up by good runs behind a couple of Jim Bolger's brighter lights in Parish Hall and Trading Leather.

His most recent run at the Galway Festival was his most disappointing of the campaign, but Collins expects her four-year-old to bounce back if taking to the track in County Kerry.

Collins said: "It's a competitive Listed race but our horse is well and in good form, so hopefully he'll run a big race.

"I hope he'll handle the track. He's won four times at Dundalk, but he's never been this way round on the grass, so we'll have to see.

"I don't think he handled the track at Galway last time and also the rain came and the ground changed at the last minute.

"Apart from that run he's been very consistent all year, he's having a good season and I think he deserves to get his head in front."

Captain Joy is the highest-rated runner in a 10-strong line-up for the extended one-mile contest.

David Marnane is hopeful the talented Elleval can make his presence felt.

Runner-up in the UAE Derby at Meydan, the three-year-old made an encouraging return to Ireland when a close fifth at the Curragh, but failed to build on that run when well beaten at Leopardstown.

Marnane said: "He'll be going back to Dubai, but we've been tipping away with him this summer and he's been a bit unlucky with the weather.

"It's been a good summer, but the last twice he's been to Leopardstown they got rain and the ground went against him. We pulled him out last time and should have pulled him out the time before.

"If you go back to his Curragh run he'd have a good chance.

"The ground should be lovely and the track shouldn't be a problem."

Aidan O'Brien is represented by Hanky Panky and Snow Queen, while Tommy Stack runs both Croi An Or and Wannabe Better.

Bolger is represented by Beyond Thankful and Dermot Weld saddles smart dual-purpose runner Rock Critic.

The field is completed by Royal Blue Star and New Magic.

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