Killarney returned to the form that had his trainer, Roger James label him 'the real deal' with a devastating finish to take out the last on the card, the $22,500 Happy 50th Weddding Anniversary Frank & Colleen Ritchie from Shaune, Ali, Craig, Kate (Rating 75) over 1200 metres on Saturday.
Roger James, has made no secret of the high regard in which he has for the son of O'Reilly, and his opinion of the four-year-old proved well and truly justified.
Dropping back in distance after a disappointing last start at Ellerslie two months ago, Killarney ridden for the for the first time by Matt Cameron, dropped to the rear of the field, and had one runner behind him entering the home straight. Cameron popped the question and the gelding let down stylishly to nail the leaders, Royal Fashion (L.Innes) by a long head, with pacemaker Parker's Piece (O.Bosson) a neck back in third.
Killarney's winning time was 1:09.61 (last 600min 33.94) on a good3 track.
Killarney posted his third win and along with one second placing from five starts, pushed his earnings to more than $34,000 with the victory.
"I'm very lucky to have a patient group of owners. As a five-year-old he could be anything," James said.
James purchased Killarney for $115,000 at the 2014 Karaka Select Yearling Sale from Waikato Stud 's draft.
He is raced by Rod Baulcomb, John Struthers, who raced the James-trained He's Remarkable, and co-breeders Daniel and Elias Nakhle that raced the dam Irish Colleen.
Irish Colleen was a winner of seven races including the 2009 Group Two Concord Stakes (1200m), but was retired after falling in the Group One Foxbridge Plate (1200m).
A half-brother by Smart Missile was sold for $105,000 at last week's Select Sale at Karaka.
- Mark Nowell | Te Rapa Racing