It could be a Slippery night at Shelbourne
Following Thursday's harrowing night of shocks, the Shelbourne punters will be hoping for better times tonight when the remaining eight second round heats of the BoyleSports Irish Derby will be run.
Tonight the man to follow can be 2013 winning owner Larry Dunne with his two Slippery trackers as they bid to follow up on their first round double. Slippery Fred (9.12) is the shorter of the pair in the long-odds betting and he will be first of them into action in Heat 11 where he can lead home Ballybough Mike and Blue Cafu.
Slippery Snowy (9.42) will then appear two races later and staying is his strength. He can overcome Tyrur Hagler and Burgess Four.
The nap vote of the evening is awarded to the Pat Buckley-trained near veteran Paradise Maverik (8.57) in the second heat of the evening. The red jacket will assist his bid and he can be too strong for kennel companion Dolcino Flyer, Sidarian Teejay and Material Man.
The most awaited race will be the concluding Heat 16 where Liam Dowling's fastest first round winner Ballymac Matt (10.27) bids to extend the dream mid run being enjoyed by the owner/breeder/trainer. Ballyhooly Henry and Skywalker Farloe can be the main dangers.
The other big race is the opening Heat 9 where Pat Guilfoyle's Laughil Duke (8.42) will be all out to overcome Tyrur Tommy and the Paul Hennessy duo of Tyrur Tommy and Jaytee Jet. The other heat winners can be Urban Gossip (9.27), Budgie Bypass (9.57) and Amazing Dude(10.12).
Thursday's opening session of BoyleSports Derby heats was one the punters will want to forget with just two of the eight favourites obliging and one of those being the impressive 1/4 favourite Farloe Blitz which was a two-length winner from fast-finishing Priceless Lassie in 29.60.
The other winning market leader was Francie Murray's Fair Taxes which gave a hugely impressive performance as he led home Creamery Bale by three lengths in 29.50.
Next best was a real blow for the punters as Robert Gleeson's 33/1 chance Samiya led home her litter sister Ballydoyle Honey by five-and-a-half lengths in 29.51. Other upsets saw the defeats of Save The Don and Sidarian Vega by Dark Intentions and Faypoint Rush.
The Kilkenny Supporters' Club, meanwhile, stage their annual night at St James' Park tomorrow at 7.30pm and it will be a nostalgic occasion with the final of the Paddy Dunphy Memorial/The Grand Bar 525 which will commemorate the great Castlecomer greyhound man. The winning owner will receive the 1964 Produce Stakes trophy which was won by another Dunphy star, Mothel Chief.