Review Killarney 17th Jul

Mon 17th Jul 2017, 21:20

Jessica Harrington enjoyed another big winner thanks to Drumfad Bay's return to form in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cairn Rouge Stakes, the feature event on day one of Killarney's July Festival.

The 10-1 chance struggled when sent to Royal Ascot for the Sandringham Handicap, but appeared much happier back on home soil.

The Ballydoyle fillies Music Box and Asking were at the head of affairs entering the final quarter-mile, with the former getting the better of that argument, but Drumfad Bay finished over the top of her under Colm O'Donoghue to get up by a length and a half.

Lethal Steps confirmed the promise of last month's debut success by outclassing his opponents in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Race.

The Ger Lyons-trained 8-15 favourite, who was running for the first time under the Qatar Racing banner, took the lead off Painting Pictures a furlong and a half out and stayed the mile really well to cross the line with six lengths in hand of Amenette.

Racegoers were treated to a three-way go in the International Hotel Handicap, with Allegio having his head down where it mattered.

Fresh from saddling Tithonus to land another big Curragh sprint on Sunday, Denis Hogan was on the scoresheet again as his 9-2 chance just held the late bursts of Avalanche and Mr Ormsby.

Lucca backed up his Tipperary victory with a determined success in the Dermot O'Leary Flesk Restaurant Memorial Handicap.

The 4-1 chance was up 6lb but is clearly going the right way and accounted for Rubenesque by half a length.

Lizzies Champs justified 4-1 favouritism in the Irish Examiner Handicap Hurdle , while 6-4 market leader Line Out took the Thanks For The Memories Colm The Gooch Cooper Maiden Hurdle and Laoch Liam won the Killarney Racegoers Club Mares Flat Race.

Kelly & Russell team up again with Champ

Pat Kelly and Davy Russell renewed acquaintances to take the Irish Examiner Handicap Hurdle with Lizzies Champs.

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