Injury rules Cable Bay out of Derby bid
There was a second withdrawal yesterday from the BoyleSports Irish Derby with the defection of Cable Bay from Saturday's third round.
Owned and trained by Brendan Matthews, Cable Bay was a finalist in the 2015 Derby after winning the Kirby Memorial earlier in the year.
He has been a terrific servant but sustained a TFL injury in the second round. Damian Matthews said yesterday: "If we raced him he would probably never run again. We realise he is getting to the end of his career but he just cannot run. We are hoping he will recover in time to go for a race on the Night of Stars programme."
Cable Bay was due to run from trap three in Heat 2 and the revised line-up for that race now is: 1 Black Farren, 2 Lemon Pete, 3 Vacant, 4 Tyrur Harold (m), 5 Droopys De Rossi (w), 6 Jaytee Barracuda (w).
Meanwhile, the draw has been made for the Derby Plate which ended up with an entry of 30 dogs.
As a result there will be 13 races at Shelbourne on Saturday and the high class card will comprise eight Derby heats and five Derby Plate heats with the first race going off at 7.42pm and the last race at 10.40.
Arguably two of the biggest names in the Plate are Whoops Jack in Heat 4 and Jaytee Dutch in Heat 5 but it looks a very good competition.
There is an interesting card on offer at Shelbourne tonight and it features a few dogs that might have been in the Derby Plate. Most interesting is surely the six bend debut of Velvet John Joe (9.00) in a Novice 750.
Tadhg Buckley's dog set a new 550 record at Curraheen and was a finalist in the Gain Cesarewitch at Mullingar. He is a strong-running dog that looks tailor-made for six bends and he gets a confident vote to lead home Its Rockin Jim and Black Truffle.
Another very interesting race is the final of the BoyleSports A1/2 where Brendan Matthews has the likely favourite in the progressive Mid Term Break (9,30). He is a half-brother to Cable Bay and may turn the tables on Highview Romeo which caught him close home in the semi.
Early pace, they say, is half the battle and if so Anna Gleeson's Sequoia Five O (9.45) can be called a winner pretty early in the ninth.