Bookies still sweet on Honey despite defeat
They're still talking about that great battle between Laughil Duke and Ballydoyle Honey last weekend in the Billy Mulvaney Memorial first round at Shelbourne. It is interesting to see how BoyleSports have rated the two dogs in their betting on the event.
Ballydoyle Honey has been made the 2/1 favourite with Laughil Duke at 5/2 but they are taking no chances with Samiya at 5/1 and Ballyhooly Henry at 6/1.
While the draw has kept the big two apart in the semis, they still have formidable tasks on hand. Ballydoyle Honey will have an intriguing family battle on hands when she faces heat-winning litter sister Samiya in the first heat. Then Laughil Duke will face Ballyhooly Henry and Highview Apollo in a hot second heat.
It's going to be quite a weekend with the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger kicking off at Limerick on Saturday with all 11 heats down for decision. The Leger action will be shown on Inter Track and should generate massive interest.
No betting has yet been issued but one presumes that the Derby finalists Cable Bay and Peregrine Falcon as well as Kerry raider Secreto will be among the market leaders.
Prices have been issued for the Paddy Power Fair Warrior Sprint at Mullingar and the John McGee-trained Slade Paddy has been installed as the 5/2 favourite following his flying 21.23 run in the first round of that 400 yards event. He will need to be on his toes to win a very competitive heat.
The big market rival is Ronnie McKeown's Catherines Drico which was beaten in the first round but is always capable of a big run.
Lee the fancy
There is a ten-race card at Shelbourne this evening and of particular interest will be the semi-finals of the Barking Buzz A2. The track was running very fast for the opening round but it was, of course, equally fast for all the runners.
The big run in the event came from the Murt Leahy-trained Ballybough Lee (10.10) which flew around in 28.38 when only beating Good Angel by a length and a half. Ballybough has a lovely touch of early pace and that should enable him to lead Drumsna Lilly and Pennylane Vicky early en route to victory.
The other semi could well go to the aforementioned Good Angel (9.55) but Margaret Campbell's bitch will need a very fast start to take the bend from the consistent Hanoi.
Stayer of the Year Sidarian Lisa has only recently returned from a lay-off and has yet to show that she retains her ability.
In the circumstances she may find the 550 yards a little short in the fifth race and the vote is given to Liam Hughes' Cuil Tom (8.55) to make full use of his inside draw.