Dutch the choice for Juvenile Derby puzzle
The Derby weekend commences this evening at Harold's Cross and the usual very large attendance is anticipated for the traditional card which is comprised completely of first round heats of the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby.
There is invariably a large contingent of British racegoers at this meeting who come over for the Derby weekend and they will witness some of our potential stars of the future in action.
In the rather strange absence of ante-post betting on the classic, the personal idea of an outright favourite is the Paul Hennessy-trained Jaytee Dutch (7.55) which has been given the perfect build-up for this task.
Following a second-round exit from the English Derby, Jaytee Dutch has been prepared specially for this competition. He did four flying trials around the track and then was most impressive in last Friday's warm-up victory. He looks nailed-on to win the first heat from Black Alder and Motorbar Welcome.
Another which has caught the eye in his short career is the Michael O'Donovan-trained Skywalker Leaf (8.10) which is unbeaten from three runs and displayed star quality when winning at Shelbourne last week in 28.64.
Pat Buckley's Barnfield Panda (8.25) has not had a prior look at the track but was impressive in winning the Texacloth Puppy Derby a week ago. He would prefer an inside draw but may get away with a five draw in a race featuring Philiblue and Balinakill Boots.
O'Donovan has the brilliant early-paced Lone Scolari (8.40) in Heat 4, while others worth a wager this evening are Jaytee Pharoah (9.10), Toolmaker Scot (9.40) and Creamery Bale (10.25).
Kilkenny boasts a very attractive card featuring the semi-finals of the Langton House Hotel Derby and the heats of the Gain/TSC A3/4. Ann Guilfoyle's Kilcarrig Cillie (9.12) will have the well-drawn Burgess Four as a biggest rival in the first semi-final of the Derby while the second heat will be a real battle between the likes of Raheen Glory, Karlow Master (9.24) and High St Flash.
The Easytrip Parking Stake gets under way at Curraheen but has only attracted a total entry of 18 bitches and so four will qualify from the heats for next week's semi-finals.
Graham Holland has a strong team and he could win all three heats. Skywalker Pearl (9.01) was unlucky in the Munster Oaks and can make her class tell in the first heat while it would be no surprise if her kennel companions Sidarian Nell and Hovex Princess (9.15) battle it out in the second heat. Holland also has Warrior Gwen and Ardrahan Zindi (9.31) in the final heat and the latter looks a winner.