'Borna' and 'Joey' the cup bankers
The Best Car Parks Gold Cup, the first Major of the season, got off to a flying start last weekend and the first-round star Borna Gin can again shine brightly when battle is resumed at Shelbourne Park tonight.
Borna Gin has always been held in high regard by Pat Buckley and last week's run suggested he has matured into a high-class tracker.
He overcame a modest start to chase Dorotas Del Mar down the back and won by a growing five lengths in a best-of-the-night 28.45.
Borna Gin (9.57), owned by Spain-based Javier Jarne, has an ideal trap-one draw in the third heat and can avenge his Juvenile Derby defeat by Skywalker Rafa.
Another second-round banker can be the Graham Holland-trained Fantasy Joey (9.42) which displayed top early pace last time as he registered an easy success in 28.64. He should clear the field to the bend and go on to victory over Coolavanny Mason and Chespirito.
The opening heat looks the most open of the round with Kilgraney Master and Bakery Lane likely leaders. But Liam Dowling's Ballymac Twitter (9.21) is may be the value bet.
Buckley has another fancied runner in the final heat in the bitch Pennylane Lucky but this early pacer may have to give best to Paul Hennessy's Champion Stakes winner Jaytee Yankee (10.12).
Pat Buckley could make it a very big night for the kennel as he also has fancied runners in sweepstake action at Limerick and Curraheen Park.
The semi-finals of the Dublin Coach A3 will be run at Limerick, where the one to beat is Mark Lowther's Shelone Iso (10.09).
A costly loser in the first round, Shelone Iso left that form well behind when a six-length winner last week in 28.67.
Don't be surprised if he goes even faster in the second semi-final. Ted Curtin's Enjoy Not Endure (9.54) may be the winner of the other heat.
The Gain Cup is the first big event of the season at Curraheen Park and the A1 event includes Chawke It Down (9.35) which finished third in last season's Irish Independent Irish Laurels over the course.
If a young star is to emerge from this event then it could be Buckley's Droopys Steel (8.20).