Clares Rocket heads entry for Doire Champion
Already a firm favourite for the BoyleSports Irish Derby, Clares Rocket leads the entries for the Doire Construction Champion Stakes, which closes at Shelbourne this morning.
Clares Rocket's Derby position was consolidated when he ran away with the BIF Produce Stakes final at Clonmel on May 22 in a blistering 28.00.
Graham Holland's dog has proved his well-being with two brilliant recent trial spins. He has clocked 28.23 and 28.15 in trials over 525 yards and really sparkled last week when covering the 550 yards in 29.30. What was particularly impressive was how strongly he stayed the 550-yard trip.
Holland is making a strong challenge for the two-run Champion Stakes; his team also includes flying bitch Ballydoyle Honey, St Leger winner Skywalker Rory and the useful Highview Event.
There is also a British entry in Droopys Buick, which did a good trial at Shelbourne on Saturday and looks tailor-made for the circuit.
Also figuring among the entries are Fair Taxes, Farloe Joey, Tyrur Van Gaal, Mucho Macho Man, Lenson Sanchez, Paradise Maverik, Cable Bay, Theres The Bell, Droopys Awesome and My New Best Friend. The draw will be made at lunchtime today.
The semi-finals of the Gain Corn Cuchulainn will be run at Harold's Cross on Friday and the first heat will be a five-dog affair following the withdrawal of in-season Priceless Lassie.
Paul Hennessy reports that she is likely to be mated to Tyrur Big Mike.
There is the usual nine-race card on offer at Shelbourne this evening when a value bet could be Niall Dunne's Minor Winner (9.45) in the D4/5 750.
This bitch shaped well in good company over this trip at Curraheen and she is well housed on the inside here.
Mick Connaughton has been enjoying quite a good run and Puffawaypatsy (9.00) could be one for him in the fifth race over the sprint distance.
She is a flying starter and may have the legs of Jamaica Jenny to the bend