'Fwesh' can strike for raiders in Derby heat
After the comfort of five dogs qualifying from most first-round heats last week, the BoyleSports Irish Derby adopts a tougher line when the second round of the Classic commences at Shelbourne Park this evening.
From here on in there will be little room for error but Derby second favourite Sonic (9.00) can be the opening-night star for the second week on the trot.
He has a tricky draw with plenty of early pace on both sides of him but his class should carry him through. Bucko's Dream looks to be the one likely to give him most to do.
It is a tricky card this evening and my idea of the best bet is the English-trained Fweshfromthesesh in Heat 8.
Alfie Herbert's dog ran very well at Dundalk in the Sprint Cup and handled Shelbourne excellently last Saturday. He has a lovely draw in six and should have a trouble-free run.
Sonic's trainer Graham Holland has a massive team of 14 still standing and that should mean a few winners this evening.
One due a winning turn is Sidarian Fern (8.00) which only just lost out last week after a thrilling tussle with Concrete Jungle. She can go one better in the opening heat.
Another Holland runner, Drive On Tipp, is likely to go off favourite for Heat 2 but marginal preference here is for Johnny O'Sullivan's strong runner Native Chimes.
The likes of Burnt Beans and Kranky Mark must also be considered in this contest but Native Chimes (8.15) will take beating.
Pat Buckley has a strong hand also and he has a chance of landing a couple of early heats. Javielenko (8.30) lacks a little early pace but is a very strong runner and may just see off the admirable Jaytee Dutch in Heat 3.
In the following race Buckley can strike with Droopys Payet (8.45) which gave Jaytee Yankee a severe test in the opening round but has an opportunity of leading all the way from his trap-one draw. Kiss And Hug is the other potential leader in the contest.
Mooncoin-based handler Peter Cronin is another with a formidable team in the Classic and he should open his second-round account with Swithins Brae (9.15) in Heat 6.
His main task will be in beating Droopys Noah and Offshore Point to the bend while Beannacht Tagdh will be staying strongly.
Pat Guilfoyle's Scottish Derby finalist Good News (9.30) is taken to get the better of the Ian Reilly-trained Dream Dude in a hot Heat 7
Ger Kierly's great staying bitch Airmount Tess has been withdrawn from Heat 9 on Saturday due to a pulled muscle.