Priceless virtually unbackable in Leger
Published 25/10/2016 | 02:30
Following his record-breaking run at Limerick on Saturday, Priceless Brandy has been established as a best-priced 4/9 favourite for Saturday's final of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick.
It is difficult not to fancy the dog to provide Paul Hennessy with his fourth success in the St Leger, but 4/9 about a dog which walked out of traps in the previous round is a little on the short side.
Hennessy also has a second well fancied runner in Jaytee Dutch and he is an 11/2 third favourite to take the classic.
The second favourite is the rapidly improving Swithins Brae which has a smashing draw in the inside trap. One suspects that Peter Cronin's young dog will have plenty of support at those odds considering how he dominated his semi-final from trap-rise at the weekend.
The Gain Select Stakes at Waterford has been complicated by the introduction of the three exempted runners - Ela Alecko, Droopys Wilbury and Skywalker Manner - into the semi-final draw. All three face tough tests.
Irish Independent Laurels winner Skywalker Manner is well housed in trap one in the first heat with his kennel companion Riverside Oscar on his outside, while Pat Buckley's Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby winner Droopys Wilbury goes from trap four, with fastest first-round winner Berkey ideally berthed in six.
Ela Alecko will meet kennel companions Mustang Kasco and Imperial Express in the second heat, which also includes strong performers Quietly, Burgess Popeye and Me Phat Daddy.
The final of the Fitzpatrick Memorial Oaks will be run at Newbridge on Friday and the draw has thrown up an intriguing contest.
Fastest in the heats was Liam Twomey's Witches Spirit which was always in front and she goes from six.
Interestingly, the other semi winner, John McGee's big early pacer Lazy Leg will wear the orange jacket. Lazy Leg should lead but will she get home with the likes of well-dawn Borna Heidi, Jaytee Charlie, Ballymac Sarahjo and Gunner Maisie sure to be running on strongly.
Finally, good news from the Night of Stars committee is that all eight €10,000 races are now sponsored with Willie Hyslop joining the list of supporters.
Other news about the big meeting on Saturday, November 12th is that the card will also include two special €2,000 races for Dog and Bitch pups.
The last Restaurant tickets for the night are available on News@igb.ie.