Punters fare best in Derby exchanges
Favourite backers had the better of the argument over the opening two nights of the BoyleSports Irish Derby at Shelbourne and the outright market remains remarkably similar to how it was prior to the commencement of the Classic.
Graham Holland-trained kennel companions Sonic and Clares Rocket were the two fastest winners and another kennel companion, Drive On Mike, was the star of the Saturday action as he dominated Heat 14 when beating Velvet John Joe by six and a half lengths in 29.35.
But the second session was very much about Paul Hennessy and his Jaytee dogs owned by John Turner. Jaytee Yankee, Jaytee Dutch and Jaytee Jet completed a terrific hat-trick on the night and the latter pair proved once again that age and mileage doesn't necessarily mean that a dog is beyond its racing prime.
All three Jaytees came from behind to win their heats with last year's English Derby winner Jaytee Jet going fastest as he got up late to beat Milldean Skip by a length in 29.68.
The biggest upset of the round was the 12-1 success of the Gerry Holian-trained Typical Ash as he led from the second bend when beating Kilgraney Denver by six and a half lengths in 29.73.
Owen McKenna has a fine young prospect in Holycross Lad which won the valuable Red Mills Unraced final at Curraheen for owners Alan Williams and Stuart Forsdike. The unbeaten tracker led all when winning by four lengths from Vardy in a best of the night 28.22.