Friday 20 October 2017

Brilliant Rocket to enhance reputation

Clares Rocket is his main hope but he has major backing from Sonic and six other kennel companions. (Stock photo)
Clares Rocket is his main hope but he has major backing from Sonic and six other kennel companions. (Stock photo)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The battle for the 2017 BoyleSports Irish Derby crown resumes at Shelbourne Park tonight with just 24 dogs still in contention and with Ireland's top-rated tracker Clares Rocket still dominating the betting lists on the classic.

He is just one of eight runners standing for trainer Graham Holland who has huge prospects of repeating last year's success with Rural Hawaii.

Clares Rocket is his main hope but he has major backing from Sonic and six other kennel companions.

We won't see Clares Rocket until the last of the heats (9.27) and it could be his toughest test in the Derby to date. He is perfectly housed in trap six and he is set to overpower the early-paced Buckos Dream before leading home Good News and Hovex Mick.

Sonic was the most impressive third-round heat winner and he looks every bit as good as last year when he went off favourite for the Derby final.

He should again have too much power for his rivals in Heat 1 and can show the way to Drive On Tipp and Jaytee Barracuda.

PJ Fahy's Tyrur Harold gets a tentative vote to overcome his greatest test to date in Heat 3 where he can lead Jaytee Jet and Burnt Beans into the semi-finals while Tom Buggy's Kilgraney Ace may be the banker of the night in Heat 2 where Native Chimes and Swithins Brae are other likely finalists.

Also tonight, Brian Divilly's Crafty Trivago can win the Noel Ryan Munster Oaks at Waterford and Frank Dwan's Boherna Brave looks best in the Greyhound & Petworld prize at Curraheen.

Irish Independent

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