Jaytee Dutch can prevail in kennel Leger clash
The draw for tonight's second round of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger threw up a few very tasty clashes with fancied kennel companions being pitted in opposition in a number of the heats.
The two fastest first round winners were the Paul Hennessy-trained duo of Jaytee Dutch and Priceless Brandy and they will wear the red and blue jackets in Heat 5 while another Hennessy runner No More Brandy is in trap six.
Complicating matters somewhat is the presence of flying Oaks winner Witches Belle in trap five. It really is an intriguing contest but the inside draw might swing it for English Derby semi-finalist Jaytee Dutch (8.40).
Like Hennessy, trainer Pat Buckley has six challengers remaining in the competition and five of them are in two heats! The Buckley trio of Droopys Dollar, Coolavanny Pat and Brinkleys King meet in the opening qualifier but Peter Cronin's Swithins Brae (7.40) could be the best solution to this problem.
The two top Buckley challengers are Alfies Diamond and Lenson Rocky (9.10) in Heat 7 and the other big fancy here is Combo Sidney. English Derby finalist Lenson Rocky has the early pace to clear the bend and go on to a fast time.
Two of the bankers of the heats are Graham Holland's flying females Sidarian Pearl (8.10) and Ballinakil Clare (9.25), while other fancied runners are Leave At Dawn (7.56) and the JJ Fennelly pair Burgess Popeye (8.25) and Burgess Dubh (8.55).
The final of the Billy Mulvaney Memorial 600 dominates the Shelbourne programme and this can result in victory for the Owen McKenna-trained Farloe Joey (9.57) which gets the vote to lead home kennel companion Water Fern and Newlawn Simon.
The final of the Shelley Fennelly Memorial Bitch Stake will be run at Curraheen Park and Liam Dowling's Ballymac Scala can lead all the way. Other provincial fare this evening includes the Agri Stores Fair Warrior Sprint semi-finals at Mullingar and the opening round of the Tennent's Gold Cup at Drumbo Park