Fancied pair look the part at Shelbourne
Published 03/10/2015 | 02:30
The clash of fixtures which sees the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick and the Billy Mulvaney Memorial 600 being run in opposition is puzzling. A number of the top contenders for the Shelbourne prize would have been among the St Leger favourites.
There will be huge interest in both events and, thanks to the magic of Inter Track, racegoers will be able to enjoy the action from both events.
While the Leger candidates will be commencing their challenges at Limerick, it is down to the semi-final stage in the Mulvaney and two terrific heats are in prospect.
Last week's clash between Laughil Duke and Ballydoyle Honey was a contender for race of the year and it will be a major shock if either of these star trackers fail to make it through to next Saturday's €7,500-to-the-winner decider.
The Graham Holland-trained Ballydoyle Honey will be first into action and the meeting with her litter sister Samiya could well be a near replica of last week's battle with Laughil.
The Robert Gleeson-trained Samiya is a powerful tracker and, given one of her faster starts, she can be a major stumbling block for her sister.
But Ballydoyle Honey (9.57) has that elusive star quality and appears capable of overcoming all obstacles. It will be close but Honey can emerge best from the family war while admirable veteran Vulturi can also make it through to the final.
Slippery Snowy, a litter brother to Ballydoyle and Samiya, will be a fancied contender for the second heat but he has four lengths to make up on the Pat Guilfoyle-trained Laughil Duke (10.12) from last week. Laughil would prefer an inside draw and his main task could be in getting across Swords One and ideally drawn Highview Apollo to the bend.
When Laughil gets to the rail he is irresistible and he gets the nod to win this contest but watch for the powerful finish of Ballyhooly Henry, while Highview Apollo is drawn to qualify as well.
Derby duo to shine
Only two of the BoyleSports Derby finalists figure in the draw for the St Leger at Limerick but Pat O'Brien's Peregrine Falcon (10.10) and Brendan Matthews' Cable Bay (10.25) can make a winning start to this classic bid.
Others worth noting are PJ Fahy's Tyrur Tommy (7.40), Moss O'Connor's Secreto (7.55) and Fraser Black's Save The Don (9.55) while the final of the BHD A1 600 final can go to Rachel Wheeler's Moanteen Beauty (9.10).
The second round of the Paddy Power Fair Warrior Sprint will be staged at Mullingar and the best bets should be Kilgraney Kidd (8.18), Catherines Drico (8.48) and Slade Paddy (9.03).