THIS year’s Grade 2 Future Stars Bumper at the Dublin Racing Festival carries the name of one of Irish racing’s most popular figures, Oliver Brady, and the race could be set to deliver a notable success for another of the industry’s most revered personalities.
Legendary horseman John Kiely is the only trainer whose surname isn’t Mullins or Elliott in Saturday’s concluding Shabra Charity Oliver Brady Memorial Future Stars Bumper (4.40), as he prepares the unbeaten A Dream To Share for a clash with Ireland’s leading bumper performers.
Victory with the only dual bumper winner in the line-up would provide Kiely, who turns 86 in May, with a first Dublin Racing Festival success since the meeting’s current two-day format was established in 2018.
The Dungarvan, Co Waterford maestro is looking forward to seeing how the half-brother to Group 3 Irish St Leger Trial winner Raise You fares on his return from a 235-day break, having impressed at Tipperary and Roscommon last summer when winning in calmer waters.
Kiely, who last week notched his third winner from just 21 runners this season, told The Irish Field: “We’ll learn about what we have after he runs this weekend. This is a bit of a fact-finding mission. He did it nicely in his couple of starts, although suppose it depends on how good those races were. We’ll see how he gets on.
“I would hope that he will act on the ground, I’m sure it will be nice ground. He’s a very nice horse. It’s lovely to have one like him to run on a big weekend like this.”
A Dream To Share is very much a family horse for connections. Ridden by promising young amateur John Gleeson in the colours of his mother Claire, the Muhaarar gelding was bred by RTE Racing presenter Brian Gleeson’s Brucetown Farms.