Droopys Nidge to miss shot at Irish Derby
While we still await definite confirmation of defending champion Laughil Blake's participation in the BoyleSports Irish Derby which commences next Thursday, one major name has been confirmed as a definite absentee.
Robert Gleeson reports that the brilliant Droopys Nidge, which was ante-post favourite for the 2014 BoyleSports Derby, will be out of action for at least another eight weeks and definitely will not be in the Derby draw next Monday .
Gleeson confirmed that the brilliant tracker owned by Willie Hyslop has a chip off the wrist and is being treated. He was given an X-ray on Tuesday which confirmed the worst fears but there is a possibility that he will be ready to participate in the Night of Stars on November 14th.
Last year Droopys Nidge gave an amazing performance when winning the Dandelion Night of Stars 575 and Gleeson suggests he would either defend that title or go for the Night of Stars 600. "The vet feels he should be back in time for that meeting but if he doesn't come back to top form we wouldn't race him again".
All year Laughil Blake was a strong favourite to defend his BoyleSports Derby title but not having had a trial in advance of the classic, his odds continue to lengthen and yesterday he was freely available at 20/1. Sharing that mark with him in many lists are Liam Dowling's Ballymac Matt and Graham Holland's super bitch Ballydoyle Honey.
It is a long time now since a bitch went off ante-post favourite for the Derby on the first day of classic action but it is now looking pretty certain that Ballydoyle Honey will be entrusted with that place of honour.
Latest news from Shelbourne yesterday is that there have been an almost equal number of new entries and withdrawals and so the list still hangs around the 100 mark. But with a number of the leading kennels yet to confirm their plans, Declan Carey is predicting a final tally of at least 120 with the strong possibility of 126 or 132.
Bar One semis
there will be classic action at Dundalk tonight when the semi-finals of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup will be held.
Two cracking races over the 400 yards circuit are anticipated and the votes are entrusted to David Kennedy's Trinity Forest and Peter Cronin's Tynwald Bish.
Trinity Forest (9.20) has taken to Dundalk like a dream and is bidding for a fifth straight win in the first heat where Catherines Drico and Bruno Ya Know could chase him home.
In the second semi-final, Tynwald Bish (9.35) loves the six box and can sweep to victory over Slipalong Hero and Hillcroft Hero.