Thursday 25 April 2019

'Bale' set to turn on magic again

Magical Bale (9.57) can make his early pace count and he is taken to lead home Clonbrien and Droopys Davy (stock photo)
Magical Bale (9.57) can make his early pace count and he is taken to lead home Clonbrien and Droopys Davy (stock photo)

Michael Fortune

Sparks should fly at Shelbourne Park tonight when the two semi-finals of the Ladbrokes Easter Cup will be run over the 550 yards trip.

The highlight to date was the first round clash between Magical Bale and Clonbrien Prince in which Pat Guilfoyle's Magical Bale edged his rival by a short head.

The odds are that they will have another cliffhanger this time with Droopys Davy and Braveheart Bobby set to be also involved.

Magical Bale (9.57) can make his early pace count and he is taken to lead home Clonbrien and Droopys Davy.

A finalist in last year's Derby, Clona Blaze (10.12) appears to have strengthened up this year and his early pace will be a major factor in the second heat. The Graham Holland-trained runner is scorching to the bend and he should lead all the way.

Kennel companion Lenson Blinder is a major danger but I also have huge respect for Liam Dowling's Akelawre and the big-finishing Paul Hennessy-trained bitch Priceless Verona.

The last four of the Baroneracing.com Irish Sprint Cup heats will be run at Dundalk and the big attraction will be Cabra Hurricane in Heat 11.

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