Irish stars on trial for UK classics
Many of our leading trackers will be in action across the water today with Irish stars booked in for trials at Shawfield and Towcester in advance of the Scottish and English Derbies.
The big name of the track these days is, of course, Clares Rocket and he will have his first look at the Towcester venue in early afternoon. A good run will see him shorten considerably in the betting on the English classic. His kennel companions Rural Hawaii, Garryvoe Bobby and Drive On Tipp will also have trials.
In addition, Noelle McCarthy-Divilly will give her flying bitch Crafty Trivago a spin in advance of a Derby challenge.
Up in Glasgow, Francie Murray will be giving trials to his potential Scottish Derby challengers Old Fort Mill and Grangeview Puma, while Pat Buckley will give Coolavanny Mason, Droopys Wilbury and Jumeirah Larry runs around Shawfield in advance of the Scottish Derby which commences next weekend.
Paul Hennessy will run Jaytee Denver in a trial stake for the Shawfield classic tonight and a trap one draw looks ideal if he can handle the traps.
On the home front, the big action will be in the first round of the quickPark Limerick Oaks at Limerick and the heats of the National Sales Unraced Stake at Curraheen. Liam Dowling's Ballymac Scala (10.25) may be the best bet in the third heat of the Limerick feature after her good third in the Cork Oaks.
Most interesting clash in the Unraced at Cork could be the meeting of big purchases Windmill Daddy (8.05) and Galmonian Wally in the first heat.