Farloe Calvin in Wimbledon fitness race
OWEN McKENNA has his fingers crossed regarding the prospects of Farloe Calvin running in the third round of the English Derby at Wimbledon on Saturday night.
The trainer remained in Ireland last week following the death of his father, but he expected to be in London this weekend when he is due to have three runners.
He gave upbeat reports of both Vanrooney and Fiery Splendour which are disputing favouritism for the classic. But the battle goes on to have Farloe Calvin fit for his race.
"Damien (Lonergan) is very happy with the two dogs while we'll give Farloe Calvin every chance.
"He's still got a few niggles, but we've a bit of time yet," he said.
Following the second round action, Fiery Splendour was introduced as the new Derby favourite but kennel companion Vanrooney is now the market leader with the sponsors at 5/1 while Fiery Splendour is at 6/1. Holdem Spy is next in the betting at 8/1.
One major factor in the change of favourite is that Droopys Odell has been withdrawn from Heat 3 where he was scheduled to occupy the two trap.
This heat includes three Irish runners in Vanrooney, Mind The Net and Gizmo Classic. Droopys Odell damaged a toe in Saturday's action and trainer Seamus Cahill had no option but to withdraw him.
His defection leaves Tipperary native Cahill with three challengers, Ballygibbon King, Brother John and Millwards Joker.
The rest of William Hill's betting on the classic is: 10/1 Swift Keith, 12/1 Mind The Net, 14/1 Aero Nemesis, Ballygibbon King, Crokers Champ, 16/1 Roxholme Ted, 25/1 Brother John, Sidarian Teejay, Jordans Brianna 33/1 Droopys Norris, Ecclestone, Farloe Calvin, Jordans Brianna, Metro Jack, Pinpoint Finas, Westmead Chris, 40/1 bar.
Bank Holidays have taken on a whole new meaning at Youghal and the trend will be maintained on Monday, June 2.
The card will feature the final of the Droopys Stud Champion Stakes. Entries for the 24-dog stake are currently being accepted. Another event coming up at Youghal is the 18-dog Moes Tavern Unraced Stake which will commence on Friday of next week.
Longford will stage a 570 Night on Friday of next week when it is hoped to have races for all grades between AAO and A10.