Paradise can pounce in Waterford's Select final
Published 07/11/2015 | 02:30
Since the event was first run back in 1998 and was won by Sineads Rocket, the competition now known as the Gain Select Stakes has seen some tremendous contests and some great winners.
A new name will be added to the list this evening and it really is one of the most open runnings ever.
Following the trap draw last Saturday, Brendan Matthews' fastest heat winner Shutthe Backdoor was installed favourite to capture the €13,000 prize from his trap draw. But support has forced the firms to install Ian Reilly's Hee Haws Sheriff as the market leader.
The modern Kilcohan Park is definitely an early-paced track and should be ideal for the flying Hee Haws Dilemma which was caught in the final strides of the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby at Harold's Cross. However he does have stamina limitations and will be feeling the pressure on the run-in.
This is a real teaser with six inside seeds going to traps but Hee Haws Sheriff looks certain to lead up and the Ciaran Burke-owned dog will head inwards into the bend. It could cause crowding and the outcome of that will likely decide the outcome. Shutthe Backdoor and Lemon Miley could find space scarce on the inside while it would be no surprise if Pat Buckley's old stager Paradise Silva sneaked a run around on the fence. The wider runners Tynwald Rodney and Go Dex Go are far from ideally housed but I expect Go Dex Go to give this one a real go!
Paradise Silva (9.35) gets the vote to lead home Hee Haws Sheriff and Go Dex Go.
Matt's big trial
There is a brilliant all-open card at Shelbourne and the highlight can be the appearance of Jaytee Dutch (9.42) in an AAO 525 while Sparta Fantasy (9.57) can win the Open 750 final.
Going faster than he has ever travelled before around Shelbourne Park, BoyleSports Derby champion Ballymac Matt displayed in Thursday night's trial run that he is in superb shape in advance of next Saturday's Night of Stars appearance.
Liam Dowling's dog ran the Ringsend circuit like a dream as he posted a time of 29.35 for the 550 yards in the second trial of the session. It will leave him spot on for next week's final race of the year.
Another to impress in the session was the Brendan Matthews-trained Derby finalist Cable Bay as he covered the 575 yards in a fast 31.13 and he is likely to contest the 575 race.
There will be two further sessions this evening with the first at 5pm and the other between the weigh-in and the commencement of racing. Among those due to appear are the flying bitches Ballydoyle Honey and Skywalker Rossa as well as Derby finalist Gaytime Hawk.