Injured Roddick to be aimed at Night of Stars
Following his shock elimination from the BoyleSports Irish Derby at the weekend, Droopys Roddick was yesterday found to have an injury that will keep him out of action for up to two months.
Trainer Pat Buckley had feared the worst for his English Derby runner-up which has won the Kirby Memorial and the Marshes International this year but X-rays taken on the dog have come up clean, much to the trainer's relief.
"He has stretched ligaments in his wrist and I have been told to rest him for up to two months," Buckley reported yesterday. "We will make no plans until he returns to training but obviously the Night of Stars will be on his itinerary."
Buckley also reported that his star bitch Droopys Smasher has a sprained metatarsal following her Derby run but he pointed out that "I am not attaching any blame to the track. These things happen with greyhounds and the heavy rain certainly didn't help matters on Saturday".
The new Derby favourite Laughil Duke yesterday got a positive report from trainer Michael O'Donovan. "He had a small problem over a week ago but he is in good form after Thursday's race," he said. "The dogs that ran on Thursday obviously had the best of conditions but the Duke is a really genuine dog and hopefully he will overcome his trap three draw on Saturday."
All the firms have now offered prices in advance of next weekend's third round and Laughil Duke is the only dog not available someplace at double figures. He is a best-price 11/2 to emulate his half-brother Laughil Blake which won the Derby two years ago.
One man who was very happy with the weekend results is Derby sponsor John Boyle who saw both his runners make it into the last 48 and his BoyleSports Jet was most impressive as he came from fourth on the third bend to lead home the Owen McKenna pair of Farloe Rumble and Escapism.
Meanwhile, Coolavanny Smash, which set a sales record price of €34,000 when knocked down to Robert Gleeson's bid at Shelbourne on Friday, is likely to contest the forthcoming Puppy Derby at Newcastle for new owner Neil Conlon but he could well return to Gleeson for next year's Kirby Memorial at Limerick. The Sale was a huge success and the next Unraced Sale is already in the planning stage.