Trio head market for fascinating Gold Cup
The firms have finally grown alert to the fact that the Best Car Parks Gold Cup commenced at Shelbourne last weekend and both BoyleSports and Paddy Power yesterday advertised prices.
There is a rather uncanny similarity between the two lists and both firms make Fair Taxes, Slippery Fred and Tarsna Havana as their 8/1 co-favourites.
Lenson Panda is then 9/1 fourth favourite with Boyles while Power go a point longer, on the same mark as Lenson Sanchez.
It really is shaping into an exciting competition and the €20,000 prize will take a lot of winning. If you are looking for value then potential finalists Lenson Panda, Lenson Sanchez and Hee Haws Sheriff could represent reasonable odds each-way.
There was one withdrawal yesterday from the heats with the Declan Byrne-trained Black Tom notified as an absentee from the red-hot opening heat.
It doesn't really make this contest any easier with the other five runners, Toolmaker Scot, Jaytee Dutch, Slippery Fred, Lenson Sanchez and Hee Haws Sheriff, being leading candidates.
By the way, this event will be followed by the even more valuable Easter Cup which will have a winner's prize of €25,000 and is due to commence on February 27.
Tonight's card at Shelbourne has a number of very interesting runners. A week ago Larry Dunne introduced two full brothers to Ballydoyle Honey and while they didn't win both Slippery Leroy and Slippery Amigo showed plenty of promise.
It would be no surprise whatsoever if both Slippery Leroy (8.58) and Slippery Amigo (9.13) gained initial victories this evening while a third member of the litter, Slippery Hector, will be in action earlier.
Another which can step up to the mark after early defeats is the Fraser Black-trained Droopys Approve (9.58) in an A2 contest.
News from Tralee is that entries for the GMHD Classic are very exciting and it would appear that the entry of 48 will be received. As of yesterday, there were 32 names in the book and these include half-brothers to last year's BoyleSports Irish Derby champion Ballymac Matt.
Many of the entries have been going around in private trials but the fastest in an official trial was Escapism which is trained by Owen McKenna for Eimear Coffey and which clocked 28.40.
Another notable effort was the 28.44 run from Double Oh Seven which is trained by Paul Hennessy for Freddy Joynt.