Son Of Milan Lands Valuable Killarney Feature
Talented dual-purpose performer Davids Charm (8g Milan - Have More, by Haafhd) landed a valuable prize when winning the KWD Kingdom Gold Cup Handicap, the feature race at Killarney on Thursday evening.
The John Walsh-trained bay was last seen finishing fourth in the prestigious Galway Hurdle and had a strong record in competitive contests on both the flat and over hurdles, including winning a Grade A hurdle at Fairyhouse and finishing second in the Irish Cesarewitch.
Sent off favourite, he tracked the leader for much of the mile and six furlong contest and produced a challenge two furlongs out under Chris Hayes. Leading approaching the final furlong, he was ridden out to hold off Dalton Highway (Zoffany) by a length on the line.
Owned by T A O’Brien and bred by Grange Stud, where his sire stands, Davids Charm is a full-brother to three-time winner Terry The Fish (Milan), out of a half-sister to Cheltenham Festival hero Junior.
Earlier in the day at Stratford, Oneofthesenights (8m Milan - Alfreeze, by Alflora) extended her unbeaten record to four when running out an impressive winner of the Novices’ Hurdle over two miles and six furlongs.
A winner of her point-to-point as a five-year-old, she reappeared over hurdles in May and has gone from strength to strength for Jamie Snowden and owner Graham RJ Jones. She led from the last on Thursday and was ridden clear by Gasvin Sheehan to justify favoritism by 11 lengths.
Oneofthesenights was bred by John Cunningham out of an unraced full-sister to Isn’t That Lucky, who was Listed-placed over fences at both Aintree and Cheltenham.
Milan stands at Grange Stud for a fee of €8,000.