Jet remains favourite for the Derby
Published 26/05/2016 | 02:30
Following his near-miraculous recovery to qualify in second in place in Tuesday's heats, Jaytee Jet is a firm favourite for the William Hill English Derby in advance of Saturday's semi-finals.
The draw has ordained that Jaytee Jet will meet his litter brother and kennel companion Jaytee Dutch in the second semi on Saturday and it is a red-hot contest from an Irish viewpoint with Pat Buckley's Droopys Roddick also in there after his similarly incredible recovery on Tuesday night.
There is no doubt that Jaytee Jet and Droopys Roddick are the two fastest dogs in the classic but they are inclined to leave themselves with big tasks through moderate starting. They will need to get out better on Saturday with their heat also including the fast-starting Hiya Butt, Shaneboy Freddie and Ballymac Brogan.
Paul Hennessy and Pat Buckley gave positive reports of their charges, while Buckley is also delighted with his young dog Lenson Rocky which goes from the inside in the first semi. The other Irish here are Buckley's Peregrine Falcon and Joe Hurley's Blue Cafu while fastest quarter-final winner Cloran Paddy leads the home team.
Pat Curtin is battling hard to have Peregrine Falcon at his best. "On Sunday his back and hock were troubling him but now it is his wrist which is very sore," he said. "The thing is, he is in great form apart from that. I know there's a massive run in him but at this stage I would willingly take third place on Saturday to get a week to work on him."