Ollie's Pro can land the Texacloth
Published 09/09/2016 | 02:30
The early yards will likely decide the outcome of the valuable Texacloth Juvenile Derby at Newbridge this evening with some terrific early paced runners in the line-up.
Ollie Bray's Joe The Pro messed up at the start last week but managed to qualify for the final in third place behind Bull Run Bolt and Mustang Kasco.
But Joe The Pro is all about early pace and it will be a surprise if he doesn't get the break spot-on this time. He had beaten Pat Norris' Bull Run Bolt on their previous meeting and is well capable of doing so again.
The Peter Cronin-trained Mustang Kasco has been beaten twice by Bull Run Bolt in the competition and he will have his work cut out to lead Lone Bullet up the inside.
The latter missed the kick last week but Michael O'Donovan's dog is a natural early pacer and can shoot up the rails.
Forest Harris and Droopys Hobart are entitled to respect but appear to have it all to do and the vote for the €9,000 prize goes to Joe The Pro, which can have the measure of Bull Run Bolt and Lone Bullet.
Elsewhere tonight the second round of the Langton Hotel Derby takes centre stage at Kilkenny and the Glamour Paws Syndicate have found a new star in Me Phat Daddy.
He made one of his fastest starts last week when winning in 28.79 and he is capable of leading home Henry Kelly's Karlow Crean in the opening heat.
Timahoe trainer Karol Ramsbottom will attempt to repeat his first-round Garryglass double, while Francie Murray's Long Term also looks good.