Wednesday 26 July 2017

Eighteen Irish racing at Towcester

With the English Derby just a few weeks away, the exodus of Irish greyhounds across the channel continues to grow and on Saturday there will be no fewer than 18 Irish-trained dogs in action in the Derby Trial Stakes at Towcester. (Stock photo)
With the English Derby just a few weeks away, the exodus of Irish greyhounds across the channel continues to grow and on Saturday there will be no fewer than 18 Irish-trained dogs in action in the Derby Trial Stakes at Towcester. (Stock photo)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

With the English Derby just a few weeks away, the exodus of Irish greyhounds across the channel continues to grow and on Saturday there will be no fewer than 18 Irish-trained dogs in action in the Derby Trial Stakes at Towcester.

These are supplied by six different trainers while there will be a good number of others having trials on the same day.

Highest profile of the Irish runners is undoubtedly Graham Holland's Derby favourite Clares Rocket and he is due to run from three trap in the last of the qualifiers. He will be opposed by PJ Fahy's Tyrur Shay which established quite a reputation under his previous name Coolio. As previously indicated, Clares Rocket is now seeded inside and the three trap should be ideal for him.

There was one Irish winner at Towcester on Tuesday when Holland's Drive On Tipp got back up to win his contest in 29.09, only five spots outside his own track record.

The Inter-Track racing tonight comes from Enniscorthy where the feature race is the final of the Track Bar 525 and it could result in a very popular local success. Kathleen Stamp has been turning out winners for many years and Glenbrien Nifty can take this prize.

Irish Independent

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