'Rocky' heads betting market for St Leger
Lenson Rocky has been installed as the 8/1 ante-post favourite for the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger which will commence at Limerick on Saturday night.
BoyleSports were the first to issue prices yesterday on the classic which carries a winner's prize of €25,000. The Pat Buckley-trained Lenson Rocky will figure in the penultimate heat of the round and his most serious rival would appear to be kennel companion Alfies Diamond. Lenson hasn't enjoyed the success he probably deserves and his best performance to date would have been in the final of the English Derby where he led the field to the last bend before finishing fourth behind Jaytee Jet.
One of the major rivals to Lenson Rocky in the Leger will be Jaytee Jet's litter brother and kennel companion Jaytee Dutch and he is on the 12/1 mark. Dutch will also be favourite for Heat 3 after his course victory last week.
Other leading contenders for the Leger top prize are Sidarian Pearl, Witches Belle, Priceless Brandy, Highview Event, Burgess Dubh and Burgess Popeye.
There is plenty of variety on tonight's card at Shelbourne and one that makes appeal in an Open 350 is Tommy Bolton's Iceroad Hi Way (9.13) which was mixing in hot company in the Juvenile Derby and which has an excellent 400 clock at Mullingar to his credit. The outside draw should suit him perfectly here.
It was over 750 yards that Peter Cronin's Fireblast Penske (8.58) was an easy winner last time and she will take beating over the shorter 575 trip this evening where Blenhiem Honey looks the threat.
The valuable Grand Prize semi-finals will be run at Enniscorthy this evening and two smashing contests are anticipated.
The stars of the competition to date have been Fast Fit Alex and Street Lane and they actually posted identical times of 28.84 last week.
Their meeting in the first semi should produce a real battle and the dash to the bend should be particularly vital. Fast Fit is surrounded by early trappers and that could give an advantage to Tom Codd's Street Lane (9.15).
The other semi also features plenty of early gears with Leonard O'Hanlon's Lazy Leg (9.30) the likely leader. He has taken well to the circuit and he may last home from My Ceili and Strictly Sand.
A few reminders for racegoers over the next few days. Traffic chaos is a strong possibility at Shelbourne this evening due to the Dundalk versus Tel Aviv Europa League match at the Aviva Stadium. Then on Saturday the gates at Shelbourne will open at 4.45pm to facilitate those who wish to watch the All-Ireland football final replay between Dublin and Mayo.
Western followers are reminded that there will be no racing at Galway tomorrow night, Friday, due to the Pro 12 rugby game.