Walsh set to take Kandinski in hand for first of three rides at Killarney

Trainer turns to champion jockey in bid to get perennial runner-up’s head in front

Ruby Walsh is set for three rides at Killarney this evening and of the trio it will be fascinating to see if the former champion jockey can manage to work the oracle on Kandinski in the opener.

Runner-up on his last four starts, and in six of his last seven races, Kandinski has proved frustrating but clearly remains useful.

He has his third run over flights today and trainer Robert Tyner has turned to Walsh to see if he can persuade Kandinski to put his head in front.

Sam Da Vinci has some decent bumper form and could be a danger but it may pay to bank on Walsh.


Living Next Door is on a hat-trick in the handicap hurdle and faces an interesting opponent in Tukawhile who sluiced up in a maiden at Tipperary on her last start and has been upped almost a stone in the ratings because of it.

Former Grade One winner Won In The Dark hasn’t scored since landing last year’s renewal of the conditions hurdle but showed up well last time on better ground at Liverpool when only half a dozen lengths off Solwhit.

Henry De Bromhead has been added to Gigginstown Stud's list of trainers and the point-to-point winner Bishops Road can cement the relationship in the bumper.

Indian Chief will be the latest Aidan O'Brien-trained colt to test his Derby claims when he lines up in Thursday's Dante at York but the champion trainer's Group One focus this week will be on Declaration Of War's attempt on Saturday's JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. O'Brien confirmed the ex-French horse, winner of the Heritage Stakes last month, as a

n intended starter.

Brian O'Connor

Brian O'Connor

Brian O'Connor is the racing correspondent of The Irish Times. He also writes the Tipping Point column