Juvenile hero Anopheles set for Shelbourne
Liam Dowling plans to give his latest star tracker Anopheles a run or two around Shelbourne prior to putting the new Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby winner away for the winter break.
The son of Droopys Scolari and Ballymac Razl, owned by Spanish enthusiast Javier Jarne, was a 10/1 winner of the €22,500 prize at Harold's Cross last Friday. It was a well deserved victory, though the favourite Jaytee Dutch would have to be described as a very unlucky loser.
Anopheles actually missed the break and his first split was 20 spots behind his best split clock during the stake. He was last into the bend but grabbed his opportunity when there was trouble up front which saw Jaytee Freddie and Trade Freddie lose considerable ground.
Anopheles was then third down the back but stayed on strongly to get up in the final strides by half a length from Hee Haws Sheriff in 28.84, with Jaytee Dutch only a short head back in third after being up to eight lengths adrift of the lead early in the back straight.
Dowling believes in running his dogs as much as possible and he will treat this new young champion in his usual manner.
"He was probably a little lucky on the night but he is a much better starter than he has looked so far and he could be a really serious dog," he said.
"I will probably give him a run around Shelbourne in a week or two and, who knows, we might even give him a crack at the Night of Stars."
Paul Hennessy has intimated that Jaytee Dutch and his litter brother Jaytee Jet and also Jaytee Pharoah will go for the Comerford Cakes Stake at Shelbourne, and all three will figure among the favourites.
Meanwhile, Moss O'Connor yesterday confirmed that Secreto faces a long spell on the sidelines after sustaining a serious injury in the first quarter-final of the Irish St Leger .
"The veterinary examination showed that he has ruptured a gracilis in his right hind leg," said O'Connor.
"I was told that a lot of dogs have recovered fully from this injury but there is no guarantee. It really is guesswork but the odds are that if he does return it will be well into the new year. We are simply keeping our fingers crossed"
The Owen McKenna-trained Offshore Bound has been made the new favourite for the St Leger in advance of Saturday's semi-finals.
He is a best-price 5/2 with BoyleSports, and the other top fancies are Peregrine Falcon and Save The Don at 5/1, Tyrur Tommy at 7/1 and Black Tom at 10/1. It is then 12/1 bar these.