Jaytee Dutch holds edge after stunning finish
Following his sensational performance in the second semi-final of the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby, the big question now is, can Jaytee Dutch hit those heights again on Friday night and claim the €22,500 prize?
There were shades of the Derby-winning runs from College Causeway and Westmead Hawk as Jaytee Dutch came from eight or nine lengths behind to catch Hee Haws Sheriff in the final stride at Harold's Cross.
The draw has placed the two principals, Hee Haws Sheriff and Jaytee Dutch, in the same traps one and six for the final and the bookmakers reckon it will be close, with best prices of 6/5 about Jaytee Dutch and 2/1 about Hee Haws Sheriff.
The big debating point following the semis was the wide seeding on Jaytee Dutch as he twice cut for the inside, off the second and fourth bends. He clearly has difficulty clearing the trap four and five runners to the bend.
Hiss trainer Paul Hennessy admits to having the same doubts, saying: "We really don't know. We had so little to go on prior to the Puppy Derby and he had run well from trap six at Wimbledon."
Don't rule out the possibility of this flying machine operating as a middle or inside seed come next season.
The Ian Reilly-trained Hee Haws Sheriff has blistering early pace and will be fancied to go clear in the final but will he open such a big lead over Black Alder?
The split clocks from last Friday show that Black Alder was ten spots faster over the first split and that could make the dash to the bend a tricky affair on the inside, given that Hee Haws goes from one and Black Alder is in two.
However, it should be noted that only three spots separated the winners of the two heats, Black Alder in 28.67 and Jaytee Dutch in 28.64. Liam Dowling's Anopheles, John Tuohy's Trade Freddie and Pat Guilfoyle's Skywalker Archie all hold strong claims. It promises to be a memorable running.
Best prices available about the final are: 6/5 Jaytee Dutch, 2/1 Hee Haws Sheriff, 7/1 Trade Freddie, 8/1 Skywalker Archie, 10/1 Black Alder, Anopheles.
Meanwhile, Moss O'Connor's Secreto has been promoted to 6/1 favourite for the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger following his brilliant effort on Saturday night.
The other leading prices are 7/1 Peregrine Falcon, 8/1 Cable Bay, Offshore Bound, Tyrur Tommy, 14/1 bar.