Sunday 26 February 2017

'Wilbury' heads cracking entry for Comerford 525

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Bubbly Mustang and Bull Run Bolt, which chased home Wilbury in the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby final, are also among the entries. Stock picture: Sportsfile
Bubbly Mustang and Bull Run Bolt, which chased home Wilbury in the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby final, are also among the entries. Stock picture: Sportsfile

Following his terrific performance in beating Ballymac Matt and Sonic in the Rural Hawaii Night of Stars 575 on Saturday night, Droopys Wilbury will be back at headquarters this Saturday when he contests the first round of the Comerford Cakes Open 525.

Wilbury has been promoted to the top six in the betting on next year's English Derby and that event will definitely be his target. Pat Buckley intimated yesterday that the dog will be aimed at the English Derby "wherever it is run".

On the subject of that classic by the way, the big word on Saturday night at Shelbourne suggested that Towcester is a strong favourite to become the home for the 2016 classic!

Droopys Wilbury will have some serious opposition in what looks to be a red-hot Comerford Cakes event. The draw will be made this morning but there will be at least 48 runners with still a possibility of the advertised 54 being achieved.

Bubbly Mustang and Bull Run Bolt, which chased home Wilbury in the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby final, are also among the entries.

Bull Run Bolt flew around Shelbourne last Thursday in 28.22. Whoops Jack, which won the Puppy 525 on Saturday, is sure to be another major fancy.

Other major names among the entries are Hot Trend, Ballymac Tomasso, Razldazl Allstar, Swithins Brae, All About Flynn, Good News, Burgess Dubh, Vancouver Shea, Drive On Tipp, Silverhill Conor, Deanridge Milano and Michelito.

Robert Gleeson's Toolmaker Metro (10.00), which finished third in the Tennents Gold Cup at Drumbo, looks to have a major chance of winning the concluding A2 at Shelbourne this evening. He loves an inside draw and may be too strong for A Day Late and Awaywitdepixies.

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