Dog Chat: Ruth hopes for luck as Rathangan chase more big prizes
No stranger to major success in her training career, Dolores Ruth is entitled to be excited as she looks forward to what could be a memorable Saturday for her Rathangan kennels.
Not alone will Ruth have two finalists, Makeshift and Razldazl George, in the College Causeway/Killahan Phanter Easter Cup at Shelbourne as well as her big Derby hope Razldazl Jayfkay contesting a supporting open, but a dog she bred, Bubbly Razldazl, will be contesting the final of the Scottish Derby at Shawfield.
All four were bred by Ruth and Liam Marks out of their bitch Razldazl Pearl and she holds high hopes of success.
"They all came out of their races well and we are just hoping for a bit of luck," she said. "Makeshift and Razldazl George are in great form and should go very well. I want to give Jayfkay another race for experience before we go for the English Derby at Wimbledon."
A relative newcomer to major Dublin finals is Blarney trainer John Linehan and he's looking forward to Broadstrand Lad taking his place in the line-up. The five draw doesn't worry him unduly. Linehan said: "If we had been offered six trap for the final on Saturday morning before we set off we would have been delighted. It's great to be there and hopefully he makes one of his better starts."
The final of the Easter Cup will be shown live on Sky Sports at 9.45pm as part of a programme from the Scottish Derby at Shawfield in Glasgow. There are three Irish-trained runners in that Scottish field and the likely winner is Farloe Force, one of two finalists trained by Owen McKenna.
He could be very well housed in four, particularly with Pat Buckley's Beaming Dilemma sure to favour an inside route from his draw in three. Best priced 4/1, Farloe Force is worth support.
The other major event of the week will be the quarter-finals of the Red Mills Produce Stakes at Clonmel on Sunday and Craig Kelly's Spearhawk retains his place at the top of the market after another scorching run in the second round.
He will again occupy trap six in the opening heat, and will now have only four rivals as a result of an unfortunate injury to Rockchase Bullet.