Jaytee Dutch to lead way in Juvenile Derby
The signs from last week's opening round were hugely positive and we can expect further brilliant performances in this evening's second round of the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby at Harold's Cross.
One of the most impressive first round winners was the Paul Hennessy-trained Jaytee Dutch (9.25), which handed out a five length beating to Black Alder in 28.54.
The way he quickened down the far side to overhaul the leader really caught the eye.
Pat Buckley will have three runners in this heat and he could well have two qualifiers from this trio of Briar Hill, Lenson Santi and Saleen Vic.
Buckley, though, has another serious prospect in Lenson Panda (10.10), which won the opening round when known as Barnfield Panda, following his purchase by Len Ponder.
This dog is chasing his eighth win on the bounce and he ran this circuit last week like a veteran despite never having been around. His early pace can carry him clear of Skywalker Archie and he gets a confident vote.
Moss O'Connor is a Kerryman noted for never bringing a boy on a man's errand and his Ballymac Ogie (8.10) will take all the beating in the opening heat.
He led all the way last time and will need to win the early dash from Hee Haws Sheriff, Black Alder and Cumann Star. His draw in trap two will greatly help that cause.
Others worth noting are Anthony Mullins' Creamery Bale (8.25), Michael O'Donovan's Skywalker Leaf (8.40), John Kiely's Newlawn Simon (8.55), Robert Gleeson's Toolmaker Scot (9.40) and Owen McKenna's Believe (9.55).
Raheen in Derby
There promises to be a big night at Kilkenny where the final of the Langton House Hotel Derby will be run, and on semi-final form the Pat and Paul Cushen-owned Raheen Glory (9.12) looks the one to beat.
The Raheen prefix has a great record around the Kilkenny circuit and this fellow has really blossomed in this competition. He is going up well and is well capable of clearing the bend and staying out front.
Following his tremendous performance in winning the Derby last weekend, Liam Dowling's Ballymac Matt will this evening be paraded during racing at his local track Tralee.
The semi-finals of the Bermingham/ Hooper/ Dolan A1 600 will be run at Limerick and my idea of the eventual winner is Buckley's Dolcino Flyer (10.10), though he has time to find on Moanteen Beauty in the second heat.
Bridie Moore's Enchanted Star (9.55) looks the winner of the other.