Wednesday 26 July 2017

Hennessy's great derby heat double

In the first heat, Priceless Brandy hit the front before the bend and then raced clear to win by almost four lengths. Photo: Sportsfile
In the first heat, Priceless Brandy hit the front before the bend and then raced clear to win by almost four lengths. Photo: Sportsfile
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Paul Hennessy's runners made a flying start to the second round of the English Derby at Towcester last night when Priceless Brandy and Jaytee Jet won the first two heats in impressive fashion.

In the first heat, Priceless Brandy hit the front before the bend and then raced clear to win by almost four lengths from King Eden in a flying 28.95.

In the next heat, reigning champion Jaytee Jet showed his class when coming from third down the far side to win by a length from College Paradise in 29.36.

The remaining eight heats will feature 16 Irish runners this evening and we should have a number of winners again. Our banker is the Pat Buckley-trained Droopys Wilbury (9.48), which was the champion juvenile last year and impressed when leading home Jaytee Jet last week.

Other likely winners are Vancouver Shea (8.42), Ballymac Matt (8.58) and Swithins Brae (9.32). One for value seekers can be Ballinakil Clare (8.10) in the opening heat.

The big race in Ireland is the Barry's Tea Open 750 final at Curraheen Park, and the big two here should be those brilliant stayers Airmount Tess and Droopys Smasher.

Ger Kiely's Airmount Tess (9.50) was much superior in the semis when setting a new track record but it clearly wasn't Droopys Smasher's true running and she can be expected to get much closer this time, but without catching Airmount.

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