Saturday 17 February 2018

Aulton can Jet home in Youghal sprint

A real boost for the competition is the presence of the brilliant sprinter Aulton Jet (8.48) which disappointed when favourite for the Night of Stars 350 last Saturday but will be strongly fancied to resume his winning ways this evening in the second heat. Photo: Sportsfile
A real boost for the competition is the presence of the brilliant sprinter Aulton Jet (8.48) which disappointed when favourite for the Night of Stars 350 last Saturday but will be strongly fancied to resume his winning ways this evening in the second heat. Photo: Sportsfile
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

It's not often that Youghal Track claims the headlines but the seaside venue hosts the top race in the country tonight with the first round heats of the Gain Southern Sprint down for decision.

A real boost for the competition is the presence of the brilliant sprinter Aulton Jet (8.48) which disappointed when favourite for the Night of Stars 350 last Saturday but will be strongly fancied to resume his winning ways this evening in the second heat. He was actually up 3lbs in weight last week and missed the start before running into traffic. He should prove too strong for Sunshine Cathy, Droopys Jock and company this time.

Liam Twomey's Witches Spirit drops back to sprinting after her run last Saturday and should be involved in a battle with Mash Mad Eugenie in the opening heat. Kieran Lynch's Gringos Ace (9.03) could be the solution to the third heat while Willie Finn's Genuine Hero (9.18) may lead home the inexperienced Burgess Papa in the fourth heat.

There is a very interesting entry for the Red Mills Unraced Bitch Stake at Tralee this evening and no doubt a few stars of the future will emerge in the competition.

In the first heat the Robert Gleeson-trained Droopys Madison (8.57) and David McGrath's Badminton Rua will surely challenge the local runner Ballymac Garden.

Larry Keane's Rathanny Tina and Dan Lynch's Homestead Vicky could be the top two in the second heat while the third heat could well develop into a battle between Brendan O'Shea's Crossfield Kate and Owen McKenna's Hitachi Nicki (9.27).

Harold's Cross is centre stage in Dublin this evening and best betting proposition can be the Ian Reilly-trained Droopys King (9.25). This fellow has some smart form to his credit and he can win the battle to the bend before leading home Glencorbry Mac.

The latter is trained by the in-form Gerry Melia who looks to have a live prospect in the ninth race in Coolenaferagh (9.55) which is well-housed on the inside.

Irish Independent

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