Preview killarney 17th Aug

Listed honours are up for grabs at Killarney on Wednesday with the Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes taking centre stage.

Air Vice Marshal will be the star attraction having finished fourth behind the likes of Galileo Gold and Ribchester in the English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket back in the spring.

His subsequent offering in the Irish equivalent was slightly disappointing but he remains a smart prospect and the forecast fast ground should be ideal for the son of War Front.

Heading the dangers to the Ballydoyle colt is Assume, a fine third to Adool in this grade at Gowran last week and a filly heading firmly in the right direction at present.

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C & D winner Erysimum should be much happier over this longer trip, having tried sprinting last time, while Military Angel would have claims if able to recapture the form she displayed last summer.

Xebec bids for a deserved success in the Easy Clean Limited Handicap having gone down on his sword when losing out the progressive My Direction at Gowran recently.

He won this contest 12 months ago and this time takes on the lightly-raced St Gallen, who was no match for some classy rivals at the Curragh but should find this company more to his liking.

Racing gets underway at 5.20 with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden and Drake Passage looks the one to beat having displayed considerable promise in finishing second in each of his two starts to date.

The subsequent Maiden will see Schubert try to finally open his account following a number of near misses already this term.

He doesn't look entirely straightforward, though, and Look Closer might be one to improve past him on his first start since finishing sixth at Leopardstown in April.

Mcguigan has landed a couple of knockout blows of late and bids to extend his winning sequence to three in the Celtic Steps Handicap, while exciting colts Savannah Storm and Triplicate do battle in the concluding Ladbrokes Race.


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