Sunday 25 September 2016

Favourites clash in St Leger quarter-finals

Published 14/10/2015 | 02:30

Moss O'Connor's Secreto was particularly impressive on Saturday when scorching home in 29.32 after walking out of traps (Stock photo)
Moss O'Connor's Secreto was particularly impressive on Saturday when scorching home in 29.32 after walking out of traps (Stock photo)

Secreto and Peregrine Falcon, the two leaders in the market for the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger, have been drawn in opposition in the first quarter-final at Limerick on Saturday and their clash will bring this classic to fever pitch.

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Moss O'Connor's Secreto was particularly impressive on Saturday when scorching home in 29.32 after walking out of traps. Meanwhile, Peregrine Falcon continues to impress and has now won nine of his last 11 races, the defeats happening in the semi-final and final of the BoyleSports Irish Derby.

Pat O'Brien's Peregrine Falcon is best drawn out in five and his early pace should carry him to the front while Secreto can afford no mistakes in a race which includes Cesarewitch winner Paradise Maverik, Champion Stakes hero Sidarian Vega, Kirby Memorial finalist County Legend and the progressive Believe.

The other outstanding race is Heat 3 where the line-up includes four of the leading market players, Offshore Bound, Tyrur Tommy, Cable Bay and Black Tom with Deanridge Pennys and Razldazl Rubin thrown in for good measure.

Looking at tonight's nine-race card at Shelbourne, it is difficult to be confident about a number of races due to the presence of well-bred newcomers. Obviously the betting market will tell its own tale in these contests.

An inside draw is very important to Wheres Joe (8.15) and Joe Sweeney's dog will take beating in the red jacket in the A4 second contest. He is a consistent sort and can go up very well and will take a lot of beating.

Maureen Finnegan's Abbylea Marta (8.30) can fly to the bend and can stay ahead of third race rivals while Keith Hand's Randy Farmer (9.00) finished strongly on his six-bend debut at Tralee and may be the answer to the D3 750.

Taking the Biscuit

John Tuohy, who has Trade Freddie in Friday's Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby final at Harold's Cross, has another terrific young prospect in his litter brother Trade Biscuit which continued his impressive path through the Future Champion Unraced at Enniscorthy on Monday.

Having been the fastest first-round winner, Trade Biscuit flew from traps and won by eight-and-a-half lengths from Haliska Rubra in 28.74. These pups are members of the Bombastic Shiraz/Trade Annika litter.

The other star of the round was Pat Buckley's Droopys Roddick which shapes like a real stayer and came from behind Clubber Lang to win by three lengths in 28.89. As luck would have it, Trade Biscuit and Droopys Roddick have been drawn in opposition in the first semi next Monday. The other heat winners were Street Lane in 29.28 and Ballymac Galtee in 29.37.

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