Sunday 24 September 2017

Michael Fortune: Blitz and Sanchez the Wimbledon bankers

Six Irish-trained runners will compete in the William Hill English Derby
Six Irish-trained runners will compete in the William Hill English Derby
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

We are back to the William Hill English Derby this evening with the first eight heats of the second round bringing six Irish-trained runners into action at Wimbledon.

At home, the semi-finals of the Cox Cup at Newbridge and the DGOBA Dublin Cup final at Harold's Cross are the feature events.

There have been no withdrawals from the eight Derby heats, though Dragon Big Bux, will be an absentee from Heat 13 tomorrow.

The more fancied of our runners this evening will be Owen McKenna's Farloe Blitz (8.58) and Pat Buckley's Lenson Sanchez (8.42) but it is hoped that the majority of our raiders will survive.

Farloe Blitz should have too much early pace for his Heat 7 rivals, though Danny Riordan's Rio Quattro is a live threat.

Lenson Sanchez has a perfect inside draw in Heat 6 but is set for a battle royal with Pat Rosney's Swift Hoffman.

Graham Holland's Riverside Pat (7.39) looks sure to qualify from Heat 2 but he has to face the one and only Droopys Nidge and Comerford Cakes winner Bubbly Zeus. Nidge has to be the choice here.

We have both Paul Hennessy's Jaytee Jet (7.54) and Peter Cronin's Salonika in Heat 3 and they will have their work cut out against Glenpadden Lord and Ring Ben. Jaytee was most impressive last week and can do the job again.

Cronin also has Tynwald Rodney (8.10) in Heat 4 and he may get the better of Roxholme Kid and Diego Flight. All the action can be seen live on RPGTV (Sky 212).

Cox Cup

Defending champion Redwood Mick (9.45) is the strong favourite to lift the €4,000 Cox Cup at Newbridge. Anna Gleeson's tracker rode a first-bend bump last week but was a convincing winner and can lead home Black Hawkeye and Rastafari Vic in the second semi-final.

The James McGuinness-owned Hillroad Jock (9.30) and Sheila Spillane and JJ Fennelly's Burgess Rumble had a great battle last week with the former prevailing by half a length. It will be mighty close again in the first heat.

There is also a first prize of €4,000 for the DGOBA Dublin Cup A4 final at Harold's Cross, where it is hard to oppose Pat Callery's Kilfrush Bound (9.10).

A 750 guineas purchase at Thurles, the son of Head Bound has proved to be a real bargain and has won five of his 11 races at Harold's Cross. He can lead home Getgoin Jack.

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