Better start can set up Dutch in Juvenile
Six potential champions will go to traps this evening for the final of the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby and the race of the year is in prospect at Harold's Cross.
The favourites to collect the €22,500 prize are Jaytee Dutch and Hee Haws Sheriff but they won't have things easy with a formidable set of four rivals in Black Alder, Anopheles, Trade Freddie and Skywalker Archie.
No doubts have been reported by any of the finalists' connections and it is almost certain that Jaytee Dutch (9.40) will go off as the clear favourite Many will be hoping, of course, that we can see a renewal of last week's epic encounter when Jaytee Dutch came from an impossible position to win by a neck and a short head from Hee Haws Sheriff and Anopheles. On that occasion Jaytee Dutch missed the start but Paul Hennessy and owner John Turner are hoping for a quicker start from their young star this evening.
If he does get away smarter and avoids first-bend trouble he should win pretty handily.
But there are plenty of potential traps in the way. Hee Haws Sheriff has terrific early pace and is expected to lead Black Alder around the bend, while Anopheles, the youngster of the field, is improving with each week and could well be the surprise packet for Liam Dowling.
Both Trade Freddie and Skywalker Archie are very strong runners and are sure to be right on the pace.
But Jaytee Dutch does appear to have that touch of magic you associate with champions and he can extend an already tremendous career record to enhance his claims for consideration as a potential Derby champion next year.
Mags back in business
This time last year Leamaneigh Mags (9.30) was the best bitch in training as she won the Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Newbridge Oaks and followed up in the Night of Stars Bitch 525 but she picked up an injury shortly afterwards and was off the track for over nine months.
She is now owned by Owen McKenna and looked as good as ever when winning last week's first round of this year's Fitzpatrick Oaks in a brilliant 28.43. On that form it is impossible to oppose her in the second semi-final at Newbridge where Skywalker Rossa can chase her home.
The first heat can rest between Slippery Hanna, Canal View Jenny and Badminton Maid (9.15) and the last-named can prevail.
Youghal has two excellent competitions tonight with the semi-finals of the Rising Unraced Stake and the Business Scholar Southern Sprint. Imperial Express (8.48) and Mustang Unruly (9.03) can win the unraced heats, while Rock Of Avoca (9.18) and Dungill Rocket (9.48) may pay to follow in the sprint.