Friday 21 July 2017

Clares can rocket to derby final glory

All six finalists are Irish bred with two of them trained in this country and a third is the property of Irish-based owners. (stock photo)
All six finalists are Irish bred with two of them trained in this country and a third is the property of Irish-based owners. (stock photo)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

There will be a huge Irish presence at Towcester track this evening to support our runners in the final of the Star Sports English Derby.

All six finalists are Irish bred with two of them trained in this country and a third is the property of Irish-based owners. Graham Holland's Clares Rocket is a best price 5-4 favourite with PJ Fahy's Tyrur Shay at 2-1. The third in the betting, Hiya Butt, owned by Paul Ellis and the brothers Trevor and Greg O'Donnell, is at 9-2 as he contests the final for a second year on the trot.

The race is due off at 8.56pm and can be watched live on Sky Sports. Clares Rocket has been the fancy to win this classic for at least a year and he has reached the final unbeaten. If he can get away to one of his better starts he would be halfway to victory.

Any hold-up in running would open the door for Tyrur Shay to come from off the pace with one of his trademark flying finishes. But Clares Rocket remains the choice to lead home an Irish 1-2.

There will be ten other Irish runners on the card with Jaytee Charlie withdrawn from the 10.30.

On the home front the big action will be at Curraheen Park where the second round of the Irish Independent Irish Laurels will be run. Holland's Clonbrien Hero let us down last week but he ran well in defeat and can make amends in the opening heat,

Others worth supporting in the heats are Kilgraney Ace, Rosstemple Brae, Kilgraney Denver and Beannacht Tagdh.

Meanwhile BoyleSports have confirmed sponsorship of a series of races and sweepstakes at Shelbourne. Their Getting Out races will be the last race of the Friday and Saturday cards for the rest of the year and the Getting Out 575 tonight will have a winner's prize of €700 for likely winner Ballymac Matt.

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