Cable fancied to add to Limerick earnings
It's a fair journey from Newry down to Limerick but Brendan Matthews and his team find it a particularly favourable trip with Limerick very much a happy hunting ground.
Matthews has a fantastic record in the Irish Cup and he has continued his love affair with the Shannonside region by winning the last two runnings of the hugely valuable Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake.
Cable Bay was his latest Kirby winner back in April when beating Rural Hawaii with a big late surge. The son of Foleys Folley is now a clear favourite to win the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger following an impressive first round victory on Saturday.
He is a best-price 8/1 with the firms, while the aforementioned Rural Hawaii and Peregrine Falcon are disputing second favouritism at 10/1.
Next in the betting come Offshore Bound, Secreto and Tyrur Tommy at 12/1 while Sidarian Vega is at 14/1. Save The Don is available at 16/1 and it is then 20/1 bar.
It has been a memorable year for Kilkenny trainer Murt Leahy and one of his main earners has been Ballybough Lee which has progressed through the grades and has been propelled into AAO class by virtue of his last two runs which saw him win in 28.38 and 28.35.
These runs have come in the heats of the Barking Buzz A2 and he should have a bit in hand in the final this evening.
The Pat Carroll-owned Ballybough Lee (9.28) has a smashing turn of early pace and this can carry him to another impressive victory over Good Angel.
The opening race normally doesn't throw up a betting opportunity but Ned Dervan's Killoe Amigo (8.13) appears to have found the perfect opportunity after contesting the Fair Warrior at Mullingar.
Pat Buckley is enjoying quite a run with his young trackers and he has another likely winner in Paradise Zidane (10.13) this evening. He was staying on strongly in a very hot contest last week and may defy a raise in grade this time.
Looking ahead to Saturday, there is an interesting line-up for the Gain Select Stakes Local Qualifier at Waterford. The likely favourite to lead them home and claim a place in the Select Stakes proper is the English Derby runner-up Tynwald Bish which is trained by Peter Cronin for Terry Corden with Liam Butler's Annacurra Jet his main rival.
All those travelling to Shelbourne Park this evening are advised to leave plenty of time to compensate for the guaranteed traffic snarl-up on the Canal and all approach roads due to the big soccer international in the adjoining Aviva Stadium. The football game is due to kick off at 7.45pm.