Jaytee Jet can lead derby raid
Sab Miller's withdrawal has reduced the number of Irish dogs remaining in the English Derby to 25, with eight in action in tonight's second-round heats.
With Sab Miller off-colour, the inside trap will be vacant in Heat 2. The two Irish runners in this heat, reigning champion Jaytee Jet and College Paradise, can now lead them home, with Dorotas Vic the obvious main danger.
Paul Hennessy's Priceless Brandy can set up a possible kennel treble in the opening heat, while Jaytee Dutch has a major chance in Heat 8.
Other Irish likely to qualify tonight are Tyrur Shay, Clares Rocket, Coolavanny Pet and Ballymac Belle.
The three big names in the semi-finals of the Kerry GAA Supporters Race of Champions in Tralee are Native Chimes, Good News and Bentekes Bocko, but the last two named clash in the second heat, where the Pat Guilfoyle-trained Good News can emerge in front.
Native Chimes is a strong fancy for the first heat but the third qualifier is wide open, and Brandyandbaileys could run a big race from the inside box.
The ten heats of the valuable Howard Wallace/Francie Murray Longford Derby will be run at Longford, and some thrilling action is anticipated.
A few worth noting in tonight's heats are Kylehill Strauss, Badminton Ciaran, Ivy Hill Blitz, Droopys De Rossi, Drumsna Star, Michelito, Old Fort Mill, Country Legend and Cragknock Wonder.