'Jet' aims for historic double
It's not often that two Derby winners feature in the field for the BoyleSports Irish Derby but the reigning Irish and English Derby champions are very definite contenders for this year's premier classic which will commence at Shelbourne on Thursday, August 11.
BoyleSports' continued sponsorship of the premier Irish classic was confirmed at an official launch at Shelbourne Park where the chief "guest" was none other than the Paul Hennessy-trained Jaytee Jet which won the English equivalent almost three weeks ago. Hennessy reports the dog is now being aimed specifically at the Irish classic in a bid to become the first greyhound to do the Derby double in the same calendar year.
Meanwhile, Liam Dowling confirmed that the reigning Irish Derby champion Ballymac Matt is in great form and being prepared for his title defence. Matt may go to Dundalk for the Marshes International having scorched around Shelbourne last Saturday in a trial spin in 28.02.
There will be no racing at Kilkenny this evening where they have decided not to stage a meeting in opposition to the Ireland versus Italy game in the Euros. But the screens will be beaming out the match live at Shelbourne where there will be the usual nine-race Wednesday programme.
Nick Costigan's Nickys Assassin (9.30) has been a bit costly for supporters in recent outings but the veteran tracker is eased in grade in the seventh race and can be too strong for his rivals, best of whom can be Bobby Scullion's Scullys Matty.