Sunday 17 November 2019

Ballydoyle Honey the value option for Clonmel

Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Michael Fortune

The first new classic signals were sent out last week with the opening round of the Unraced at Clonmel, and then we had an interesting night at Shelbourne on Saturday when a mix of young and old made strong statements.

Chief among these, of course, was the Owen McKenna-trained Bearatipp which we informed you yesterday will be contesting the Joe Dunne Memorial Puppy Stakes, which starts on Saturday.

He looked pretty special on his way to a 28.32 run then and is likely to be one of the top fancies for the Dunne event. Entries close today for this 36-dog competition.

The other big event this week will be the second round of the Red Mills/TSC Open Unraced Stake at Clonmel to be run on Sunday night.

It was a rather mixed opening round, with wholesale trouble in the heats, but there were a few impressive performances, particularly from Paul Ryan’s Diego Flight, Sean Bourke’s Mustang Racey and John Linehan’s big staying Droopys Ford.

The one I took out of the first session was Alison Coxon’s bitch Ballydoyle Honey, which ran on with real purpose when beaten a couple of lengths by Skywalker Glory in 29.22.

It will be quite a surprise if this Brett Lee bitch doesn’t clock a much faster time before this event is over. She seems to represent value at the 14/1 being advertised by Paddy Power.

Talking of value, I felt that Ron Shinkwin and Shanks Whelan’s Piercestown Shay and his two-length conqueror Diego Flight ran very much the same dog in their heat, but there is a vast difference in their prices with Diego at 8/1 and Piercestown on 14/1.

Another I’ll be interested in when he reappears is Peter Thompson’s Highgarden Paddy after his unlucky run in Heat 7 behind Riverside Gold.

He led up here but was then badly baulked on the second bend before finishing fast. He only lost out by two short heads on second place but was eliminated .

Paddy Power make Droopys Ford and Razldazl Oisin their 6/1 joint favourites ahead of Mustang Racey at 7/1, Diego Flight at 8/1 and Skywalker Glory at 10/1.

Youghal problem

The mechanical problems which caused the postponement of racing at Youghal have not cleared up and last night’s meeting had to be called off.

Manager John McGrath said: “The Monday card has been put back to next Monday and we are hoping to run Friday’s card. We will keep everybody well informed of developments.”

Samantha Flynn has been in touch from Mullingar seeking entries for all distances on Saturday. Entries can be phoned to 0868607636. Trials can be arranged by ringing Tommy Donnelly on 087 9833855.

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