Big two can remain unbeaten in Juvenile
Both Pat Buckley and Paul Hennessy know what it takes to win the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby at Harold's Cross and they will travel this evening with great hopes of getting runners through to next week's final of the puppy classic.
Buckley, twice previously successful with Droopys Noel and Tullymurry Act, has two bites of the cherry remaining this year with the favourite Lenson Panda and the well-respected Lenson Santi representing him and he could well end up with two finalists.
Lenson Panda has won his last ten races which have taken in the heats and final of the Texacloth Puppy Derby at Newbridge and the three preliminary rounds here and he will be odds on to achieve an eleventh win this evening.
Owned by great English enthusiast Len Ponder, Lenson Panda (9.40) has brilliant early pace which invariably carries him into a first-bend lead and nothing has managed to overhaul him yet.
He is inclined to move a little wide in the early yards and this would not help the very promising Toolmaker Scot or his neighbour Philiblue.
Black Alder, Tyrur Freddie and Skywalker Archie are all exciting prospects in their own right but this is a mighty task for them and we will nominate Lenson Panda to win again, followed home by Skywalker Archie and Toolmaker Scot.
Hennessy's previous victory was with Rutland Budgie some 14 years ago but he is very excited about Jaytee Dutch (9.55) which was trained specifically for this event and is very favourably drawn in the second semi.
Jaytee Dutch's only reverse in this event was when failing by a length to Lenson Panda after a great battle last week and that was no crime! As the only wide seed he was assured trap six and will again have it in the final if he progresses.
Jaytee Dutch will have to "mark" the early-paced Hee Haws Sheriff and Lenson Santi to the third bend and he will have to resist big-finishing Anopheles, Going Better and Newlawn Ned at the business end. He is well capable of achieving it and actually looks nap material this evening.
Kilkenny must rate as currently the most successful private track in the country and a fine crowd should turn up for the final of the Gain Dog Feeds A3/4 final this evening. It carries a winner's prize of €5,000 and the likely favourite is Master Gorryisle (9.00) which was mighty impressive when winning his semi-final in 29.18.
Master Gorryisle is trained by Declan Byrne and he has a great record around Kilkenny. He can extend it this evening at the expense of the Murt Leahy-trained duo of Ballybough Oz and Berkey.