Stars set to collide in Gold Cup first round
A full entry was finally achieved yesterday afternoon for the Best Car Parks Gold Cup which will start on Saturday night at Shelbourne and will have a winner's prize of €20,000.
The entry is full of quality and some intriguing clashes are lined up in the six first-round heats from which the top four will qualify for the second round. The ante-post betting is sure to be very open with the likes of Lenson Panda, Skywalker Pearl, Jaytee Dutch and Fair Taxes likely to vie for the top spot.
Trainers Pat Buckley, Graham Holland and Paul Hennessy have very strong hands. Buckley's Lenson Panda will be opposed by Juvenile Derby finalist Hee Haws Sheriff in the first heat, while Lenson Sanchez will clash with the brilliant early-paced bitch Skywalker Pearl in the second. For many the race of the round will be the meeting of young speedsters Jaytee Dutch and Proud Graham in the third qualifier.
Oldcastle owner Philip Fitzpatrick has an excellent strike rate on his Dublin raids and his runners have had a great time of late. One of these is Revilo Bob, a son of Paradise Madison and Avas Castle, which has won three from five and can go in again in the A2 tenth race this evening.
He remains in A2 grade this time but one suspects it is a tougher test with the likes of Sparta James, Endova Stardust and Millbank Rock serious rivals. A draw in two can pave the way for a good run to the bend and that should stand to Revilo Bob (10.13) at the business end.
The litter by Brett Lee out of Kildallon Maid, which included the likes of Ballydoyle Honey, Badminton Maid and Samiya, was one of the best we have seen in years and it is going to be quite intriguing following the progress of the repeat litter whelped in June '14. No fewer than three members of the litter make their debuts this evening with two in opposition in the opening contest, Larry Dunne's Slippery Amigo (7.58) and Liam Kirley's Glenlee. The former has qualified marginally faster and could be the one.
Six races later it will be the turn of Slippery Leroy (9.28) to swing into action and the way he has trialled would suggest he will take beating. This is a tasty contest with a number of smart youngsters but we will side with Slippery Leroy to do the job.
Locnamon Eva, which is a finalist in the Red Mills Open Unraced Stake at Clonmel on Saturday, has been sold by owner Ger Langton to John Turner and will in future be known as Jaytee Scout. She has already joined Paul Hennessy and has been confirmed a definite starter in Saturday's €6,000 final.