Young's raiders warming up nicely for Irish Derby tilt
While British raiders for our major prizes are as scarce as heatwaves in this country, the early signs are encouraging as far as the Boylesports.com Irish Derby is concerned.
With the first round starting tomorrow fortnight, the UK entries have been rolling in and there are already five names in the book – and all have already received the special authority clearance.
Paul Young is bringing his English Derby runner-up Droopys Ward and Underground Paul and they are actually booked in for trials this evening, while they are likely to be accompanied by the Dean Childs-trained Droopys Norris, with Miriam Emmett travelling over with him.
The Childs-trained Sidaz Pedro is another entry, but he is quoted as third favourite going into tomorrow's Sussex Cup semi-finals at Hove.
The fifth British challenger, though he has yet to run in the UK, is Kingsmill Sky, which beat Deanridge Pennys in last year's Gain Future Champions Stake at Enniscorthy. June McCombe has him booked in for a trial tomorrow night.
One anticipates many home bred Derby hopefuls having trials at Shelbourne in the coming two Saturdays and we actually saw the likes of Owen McKenna's Vanfrankie doing 28.36 last Saturday, while Graham Holland's Sidarian Blaze went around in 30.24 for the 550 distance.
Bumper Puppy entry
In this era of many competitions failing to fill, it is very refreshing to report on a stake that is way oversubscribed.
We speak of the Head For Fame Puppy Oaks which will commence at Harold's Cross on Friday.
This event was advertised for 24 bitches whelped in July '12 or later and there were 40 names in the book yesterday afternoon with the draw due to be made last night.
It will be run as a 36 and included in the entries are one UK runner, Bit View Ma, which was bought after winning at Newbridge, but hasn't run since – though she has had a number of trials across the water. She has been entered by June McCombe.
Among the leading fancies are Droopys Swan, Fire Height Chloe, Baytown Engel, Kilgraney Hazel, Monleek Empire, Mahoonagh Bonnie, Old Fort Cracker, Colorado Josie, Lithuanian Pippy, and Leamaneigh Mags.
Two young dogs which caught the eye in their racing debuts last week can step forward to win the finals of their respective events at Shelbourne this evening.
Robert Gleeson's Get Set (9.15) is an imposing sort and he was travelling fast when failing by a short head to Farloe Joop in the semi-final of the A3 525 last week. He should benefit from that experience and can win the final, though Droopys Ginny is very well drawn in one.
Pat Guilfoyle's Magical Reid (9.0) was an eye-catcher in the semi-finals of the A5 525 last time, but can also improve to play a major role in the final.
He didn't get away too well then, but was steaming home and can turn the tables on those which were faster on the clock.