Trap three ideal for Jet in Holland's Laurels bid
There were tremendous scenes two years ago when the Graham Holland-trained Sevenheads Bay won the Irish Laurels at Curraheen for his West Cork owner.
And lightning could strike for a second time on Saturday when Holland's charge Leeview Jet is the sole Cork-owned finalist in this year's Pat Hennerty Sales-sponsored classic.
Leeview Jet has been a remarkable servant for Ballincollig owners Tommy, Breda and Mary Delaney but a Laurels success would top all previous achievements. The son of Tucks Mein is rapidly approaching the veteran stage but is running at the very top of his form and is a popular 7/4 favourite to capture the €30,000 prize.
He flew from the inside box in customary manner last Saturday but immediately moved wide, which would suggest that a trap three draw in the final will be absolutely ideal. This is a very interesting line-up, though consisting of only five runners due to the unlucky injury to St Louis Charlie.
There is a lot of early pace in the race with all five runners capable of going up fast. One of the fastest is Razldazl Rioga, the dog which was presented to Micheal O Muircheartaigh by the IGB to mark his retirement from radio commentary. Now the dog is on the verge of giving the man from Dingle a classic success as an owner.
The best prices available yesterday were: 7/4 Leeview Jet; 5/2 Deerfield Music, Razldazl Rioga; 6/1 Beaming Dilemma; 14/1 Varra Captain.
Following his brilliant victory in a Shelbourne open at the weekend, super puppy Milldean Phanter may have one more race in Dublin prior to contesting the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake in November.
John O'Flynn yesterday described his brilliant, unbeaten youngster as being "a little tired" after his 29.38 win. "The race took a bit out of him but he is in good form and we might give him another run before going for the big one," he said.
Following his outstanding victory in the first round of the Tennent's Gold Cup at Drumbo Park on Saturday, Craig Kelly's Moes Tavern will face two other heat winners in his second round heat on Saturday.
Also on Saturday, the final of the Mannion Builders Supplies Open 750 will be run at Shelbourne and Des Kiely's Shaneboy Fantasy is a strong fancy for the top prize.