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Killarney preview

Updated: Friday, 30 Aug 2013 20:54 | Comments

Indian Chief finished third to Libertarian in the Dante before disappointing in the Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot
Indian Chief finished third to Libertarian in the Dante before disappointing in the Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot

Indian Chief returns from a summer break in the Killarney Grand Race on the final day of the August Festival.

Aidan O'Brien's son of Montjeu forced his way into the Derby picture when reappearing with a soft-ground success at Leopardstown in April, but he could only manage third when favourite for the Dante and then finished down the field at Royal Ascot.

He makes his comeback against two likely inferior rivals in St Jean and Opera Gloves.

The decent prize up for grabs in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nursery Handicap has also attracted just the three runners, with O'Brien's Mekong River topping the list after making a successful start to his career at Gowran Park.

The experienced Zakhm shares top weight, and Michael Halford's recent Bellewstown scorer Bleeding Hearts rounds out the field.

O'Brien has further claims for glory when Marchese Marconi bids to supplement his Wexford defeat of Pique Sous in the ML Lynch Civil Engineering (QR) Race, while his stablemate Waver has a couple of last-start winners in Capitol Hill and Ravello Again to contend with in the Killarney Oils Handicap.

The KWD Handicap Hurdle is the richest race of the afternoon and Tribes And Banner reverts to the smaller obstacles just four days after making Pires pull out all the stops in a Ballinrobe chase, and he attempts to thwart Top Madam's hat-trick mission.

Baidin Fheilimi also makes a swift return to action, with last weekend's Cork winner trying to follow up in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle.

The Killarney Plaza Hotel Maiden Hurdle gets proceedings under way at 2.00 and Tramore runner-up Here For The Craic will be fancied by many to go one better, while Sabaidee and Baracas also occupied the runner-up berth last time and lock horns in the Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre Handicap.

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