Rated 107, Kilbarry Marien showed a good attitude to fend off the runner-up and certainly appeared to want it that bit more. She should be up to holding her own in handicaps off this sort of mark.
Con O’Keeffe said afterwards ‘The good ground and positive ride helped. We were disappointed at Downpatrick but all those by her sire Marienbard need a sound surface. Jonathan [Burke] was good to have on board in a race like that. If there’s good ground in a month’s time, she’ll stay going. Otherwise, we’ll put her away and campaign her next spring’