Ballydoyle 'in super form' for Derby task
Graham Holland yesterday gave the thumbs-up for super bitch Ballydoyle Honey's participation in the forthcoming BoyleSports Irish Derby which will commence at Shelbourne three weeks' tomorrow.
Holland reports the Oaks heroine to be "in super form. She hasn't been near a track since but she has been galloping all the time and she is a great bitch to work at home. The plan is to give her a 525 trial on Saturday week and then a spin over 550 yards a week later".
The Golden-based trainer hopes to have a big team in the Derby but prior to that he has the little task of the Doire Construction Champion Stakes final in which he has two runners, Sidarian Vega and Riverside Pat, and both are in top form.
There's a nine-race card at Shelbourne this evening and the best betting propositions may be towards the end of the session. Mattie Ryan's Good Approach (9.0) is attempting a hat-trick of victories as he steps up to six bends for the first time in the Novice 750. The way he was staying at the end of the 575 last week would suggest he can go further.
Larry Mason's An Tochar King (9.15) looked a two-bend prospect when gaining an easy victory last week and he steps up in grade in the SO/1 350 but may well get the better of Catunda Ollie.
Another worth keeping on your side is Carleen O'Reilly's Urney Prince (10.0) which looked unlucky when finishing fourth last time where Highview Steel was just in front of him.
There will again be a change to the racing schedule at Thurles this week due to the All-Ireland Football Qualifier on Saturday night at Semple Stadium between Kildare and Cork. Due to the clash of fixtures at the adjacent venues, there will be no racing on Saturday and instead the semi-finals of the Thurles Fresh Milk Tipperary Cup will be staged on Friday night.
Further dates confirmed are that the second round of the Mackey Cup will be run on Saturday week while the final of the Tipperary Cup will be run on Sunday, August 2.
Going into Friday's semi-finals, Liam Dwan's Boherna Pedro is the 7/2 favourite with BoyleSports to win the Tipp Cup with Curious Boy a 4/1 best price with Paddy Power. Best prices about the other fancied runners are: 6 Emers Superstar, 7 Black Tom, The Other Major, 8 Star Ace, 9 Tynwald Rodney, and 14 Ascot Buddy and Lemon Miley.
While still on the subject of Thurles, there will be a full catalogue for Saturday's Sales which commence with trials at 9.0 and the auction at 11.0. There will be a Department Vet present to issue the necessary documents and transporters will be available that day.