Lenson Rocky on right road to Juvenile crown
Published 04/03/2016 | 02:30
Some great trackers have graduated through the GMHD.ie Insurances Juvenile Classic since it was first run in 2007 and the tenth running of Ireland's richest unraced competition will reach its conclusion this evening, hopefully in a blaze of glory.
Since the first round of the €15,000-to-the-winner competition, Lenson Rocky has been to the forefront.
He was known as Keen Move when he won his first-round heat in 28.12 but within days he had been bought by Pat Buckley on behalf of owner Len Ponder and was renamed.
He has drawn trap two, with second favourite Escapism on his inside, but early pace is not the forte of the latter, which is trained by Owen McKenna. This fella looks a real Shelbourne Park dog and is the type to come into his own when he gets the 550 distance at the Ringsend venue.
The main threats this evening due to their early pace can be Jerry Griffin's Mobile Tracker and the Pat O'Connor-trained Turree Bolt which is owned by 16-year-old Michael Ambrose from Athea. Mobile will head straight for the inside rail which makes it essential that Lenson gets away smartly.
Turree Bolt goes up fast but Lenson has his measure, as shown last week.
The line-up is completed by the Peter Cronin duo of Tommys Lord and Tynwald Baz and, while it is difficult to see them figuring from their outside draws, they are improvers. The prize can go to the unbeaten Lenson Rocky (9.12) with Turree Bolt and Escapism chasing him home.
There is a good class supporting card and the big attraction is Pat Dalton's sensational stayer Tradition (10.27), which cannot be opposed.
There is a very good entry for the first-round heats of the €5,500-to-the-winner Red Mills Open Unraced Stakeat Newbridge.
The opening heat includes the promising duo of John Linehan's Droopys Merc (8.30) and Donal Murphy's Badminton Fairy while Marie Kennedy's Local Kid (8.45) is most interesting in the second heat where Darfin Angel also looks dangerous.
Another worth keeping in mind is Padraig Hickey's Millbank Olya (9.0) in the third heat.
Graham Holland has withdrawn Rural Hawaii from the second heat of the Ladbrokes Easter Cup tomorrow night due to a virus. This will now be a four-dog race as Ballythooly Henry was already ruled out through injury.
Fingers are crossed that Holland's four other contenders in the competition are not affected by the virus.