Bolger continues winning form at Killarney Festival

Chris Hayes and Shamida winning the fillies maiden at Leopardstown. Photo: Patrick McCann

KILLARNEY has been a happy hunting ground for Bruree trainer Enda Bolger over the years and he struck again at the scenic track with Stealthy Tom which scored a narrow success in the two and a half-mile handicap chase during its recent festival meeting.

Ridden by Simon Torrens, the 3/1 favourite closed on the leaders with two fences to jump and he led before the last, holding on in the JP McManus colours to beat the Gavin Cromwell-trained Broken Ice, a 20/1 chance, by a nose.

Dermot Weld was on the mark at both Sligo and Killarney and it was Chris Hayes of Shanagolden who rode his winner at the Kerry venue. The Colvin Ryan-owned Grappa Nonino landed the two-mile handicap at odds of 11/4, the four-year-old coming through to lead inside the final furlong and win by a length and a quarter from the John Murphy-trained 5/4 favourite Barometer. 

Trainer Richard O’Brien (Ballingarry) helped County Meath apprentice Jack Kearney complete the second double of his career as Marvelosa took the ten-furlong maiden. A 5/6 favourite, the four-year-old didn’t enjoy the clearest of runs in the straight but came through to lead inside the final furlong to beat the Joe Murphy-trained Mon Coeur by half a length. Kearney had earlier won on the Gordon Elliott-trained 13/2 chance In From The Cold.

Ballingarry’s Billy Lee was first off the mark at Leopardstown as Deepone took the seven-furlong two-year-old maiden on his debut in great style. Trained by Paddy Twomey, the 3/1 favourite made light of an unfavourable outside draw as he came through to beat the Jessica Harrington-trained Instant Appeal by two and a half lengths for owner Vimal Khosla. 

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At the same meeting, Chris Hayes closed out the card with another winner for Dermot Weld as even money favourite Shamida won the concluding 12-furlong fillies’ maiden. Owned by HH Aga Khan, the three-year-old had a little in hand as she beat the Harrington-trained Scarlett O’Hara by half a length.

There’s twilight racing action at Limerick this Thursday and Friday.