Just seven days after the completion of the Derby, the Red Mills Irish Laurels will begin at Curraheen Park on Saturday and while none of the Derby finalists will figure, there is a high-class entry.
Virtually all the noted early pacers are in there, with Graham Holland's Knockglass Billy set to defend his title – he will be accompanied by kennel companions Cambushmore and Holborn Catchme.
The favourite, though, is likely to be Fraser Black's flying tracker Droopys Jet, which was unlucky to be eliminated from the quarter-finals of the Derby after reaching the final of the English Derby. He displayed his fitness with a 28.03 trial around Curraheen on Saturday.
Trainer Black reported him in good form and he should dip under the 28-second mark if he gets any luck in running.
The brilliant bitch Borna Gem is a runner and so is the Irish Oaks winner Locnamon Bridie; other leading contenders include Isabels Boy, All About Ya, Badminton Girl, North Bound, Bypass Blackie, Ballyhill Sub, Farloe Calvin, Quail Hollow, Hot Pursuit, Boherna House, Holycross Gerry and Glenanore Dancer. The draw will be made at Curraheen at 1.0 today.
The Billy Mulvaney Snr & Jnr Memorial 600 will take over from the Derby at headquarters over the next four weekends, with the first round to be run on Saturday.
Martin Fahy's Mall Brandy, which went under the 575-yard record on Saturday, will be a leading contender for this €7,500 first prize, and others likely to make an impact include Monleek Force, Melodys Gamble, Airlie Dazzler and Highview Beauty.
The other Classic action of the weekend will be in the Track Bookmakers Puppy Derby, with the second round at Harold's Cross on Friday.
There was one withdrawal yesterday – Noelles Pirlo was reported injured. Heat 4 will be a five-dog race. The line-up now reads: 1 Say Si Si; 2 Shes A Terror; 3 Rockmount Puma; 4 Razldazl Butch; 5 Jaytee Monaco; 6 Vacant.
It's going to be a big evening at Mullingar on Sunday when the final of the Fair Warrior Sprint will be run. The first race will be at 6.0 but gates will open at 3.30 to facilitate those who wish to watch the All-Ireland football final.
Weigh-in will be between 5.0 and 5.30 and there will be no trials before racing. Larry Dunne and Robert Gleeson will parade Derby hero Slippery Robert during racing.
Say Si Si is certainly a busy little dog. Paul Hennessy's tracker won a heat of the Glenbrien Kennels A3 525 last Tuesday and then on Friday qualified behind El Flutter for the second round of the Puppy Derby. He contests the final of the A3 at HX tonight and looks a banker and then will run in Heat 4 in the puppy Classic next Friday.