Hennessy targets Derby double for Jaytee
The BoyleSports Irish Derby could be an extra-special event, and it will be greatly enhanced by the presence of English Derby winner Jaytee Jet.
As he was preparing to board the boat for home yesterday afternoon, trainer Paul Hennessy indicated that the Irish Derby would be the next target for the dog.
"He was bought out of Enniscorthy for those big events and he will parade there and at our local Kilkenny track," he said.
"After that, he is going to have a really good rest and he will come back fresh in the middle of August for the Shelbourne challenge."
The other three Irish-trained English Derby finalists - Droopys Roddick, Lenson Rocky and Peregrine Falcon - are all sure to be among the major fancies for the Irish Derby.
And with the likes of Clares Rocket, Laughil Duke, Farloe Joey, Slippery Fred, Ballyhooly Henry, Farloe Rumble, Ballinakil Clare and Milldean Panther also in the reckoning, we can expect a truly fantastic Irish Derby.
Meanwhile, Hennessy revealed that Jet's brother, Jaytee Dutch, a semi-finalist at Wimbledon, may have an entry for the Irish Independent Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park.
"I will have him checked out when we get him home and I just feel he could be an ideal dog for Curraheen," he said.
The tempo picked up in advance of the Laurels last weekend when a few fast trials were recorded.
Irish Derby hero Ballymac Matt went around in a solo sprint in a rapid 17.38, while Mysterious Ways clocked 28.18 in a 525 trial.
There will be further trial sessions on Friday and Saturday and the classic will close next Monday.