Nash's Your Busy has plenty of appeal under Ruby Walsh
TOP race of the evening at Killarney is the two-mile-six-furlong handicap hurdle in which James Nash’s Kerry specialist Your Busy makes plenty of appeal under Ruby Walsh.
The 12-year-old won this race race two years ago off a mark of 108. He runs off 122 now, a mark that includes 7lb extra for his Listowel success last month, but it is a mark that is still very workable for this 137-rated chaser who was the Kerry National winner under Katie Walsh last September.
Argentino ran much better at Ballinrobe last time when a close third to Phantom Prince. The winner has been well beaten since but runner-up Marchese Marconi has boosted the form and the Gigginstown gelding looks the big danger here.
Cailin Annamh hasn’t run since a decent fourth in a competitive handicap chase here last August. She’s a smart and consistent mare and undoubtedly Galway is on her future schedule.
She is sure to come on for this run on her return from a 326-day absence, but she is a bit behind the two principals.
The two-and-a-half-mile maiden hurdle looks tricky enough with a few chasers in the line-up, including Shake It Up, the victim of a slipping saddle when sent off a 100/30 chance at Tramore in May.
He’s a disappointing sort overall and was a short price when beaten over hurdles at Downpatrick earlier in May.
Miami Present is an interesting runner. He showed ability in bumpers in England for Jonjo O’Neill, particularly on his last start when not beaten far at Lingfield.
Money for the Gigginstown newcomer Distant Rain would obviously be significant. The Robin Des Champs gelding is out of Listed chase winner Lala Nova.
The first half of the card comprises three Flat handicaps and a one-mile-six-furlong maiden which Aidan O’Brien has taken six times in the last seven years but opts out of this year.
Creative Talent may beat Alguazil in a weak contest.
All the Flat races are over different distances.
The 11-furlong fillies’ handicap sees Dermot Weld’s only runner of the day, Sidra, facing a stiff task but she still has her chance against On A Pedestal and Mozetta.
The three-year-old handicap is weak enough with any amount of unknowns.
Beechmount Whisper keeps creeping up without winning but certainly has his chance against Plain Talking and Dea Dia.
The Malton Handicap over two-miles-one-furlong has a maximum field headed by Fosters Cross and Well Tuned.
Balkinstown, Zemario and Dashing Dynamo would be my three against the rest.
The bumper is confined to lady riders and Mick Winters has booked Nina Carberry for his ex-pointer Knocknanuss.
Well touted before his ‘track’ debut at Tipperary, he had to settle for second behind a smart-looking sort in Jack The Wire but did pull well clear of the third and can get his turn here.
Peregrine Run has produced two solid placed efforts lately and looks the danger. He just gave way in the closing stages at Roscommon last time and this drop in trip is likely to suit.