Dog chat: Laurels assault next up for Fahy kennels
While the celebrations will be going on for a while yet, it was business as usual at the Fahy kennels in Co Galway yesterday as the latest challenge approaches.
Fresh from a remarkable one-two in the final of the Ladbrokes.com Irish Derby on Saturday night, Conor Fahy is now very much focused on the Hennerty Sales Irish Laurels, which will start at Curraheen Park on Friday night.
The big Fahy hope for the 525-yard classic is the brilliant Tyrur Enda, which was so unlucky not to reach the semi-final of the Irish Derby. He went around Curraheen in 28.12 in a trial on Friday and looks the ideal dog for the Curraheen circuit.
But this is going to be a very hot Laurels, with a high-class field going into the draw this morning. There is a strong chance that Tullymurry Act, the disappointing second favourite in the Derby final on Saturday, might well be in the field also.
Clearly in distress, Tullymurry Act trailed in at the rear of the field and was subsequently diagnosed as suffering from a kidney infection but intense treatment on Sunday saw the dog bouncing again yesterday morning. Trainer Pat Buckley has entered him provisionally for the Laurels, pending further veterinary examination this morning.
Other major names in the draw will include Sevenheads Bay, Colorful Champ, Kiowa Myth, Mesedo Blue, Pablo Supreme, Sheepwalk Mac, St Louis Spirit, Tyrur Bucko, Carib King, Romeo Impact, Burn Em Up, Kevins Star, De Ex Factor, Tranquil Time and Da Dancer.
The other classic in progress is the Track Bookmakers Puppy Derby at Harold's Cross and the full second round will be run on Friday.
What shone through in the first round was that the principals in the recent Texacloth Puppy Derby at Newbridge will have a major say in the puppy championship.
Lolos Joe, Kerrydale Lar and What A Tornado filled the first three places in that Newbridge final and they all scored impressive victories in the opening round. But there were other very smart performances on the night and there's a lot of racing to be done yet.
Two big provincial finals will be run this week. The Reggie & Phil Turner Memorial Leger will reach its conclusion at Enniscorthy on Thursday and the following night it will be the turn of the Bridie Langton's Derby final at Kilkenny.