'Brandy' can make it four for Hennessy in the St Leger final
Paul Hennessy has been the most successful trainer of the modern era in the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick and he can bring his tally to four successes when he fields two runners in tonight's final.
His challengers are Priceless Brandy and Jaytee Dutch and they dominate the race along with the progressive Peter Cronin-trained runner Swithins Brae. Priceless Brandy was a summer sensation when setting a new 525 record around Kilkenny and he has since transferred that form to Shelbourne and Limerick. The cream came to the top last week when he scorched around in a new record 29.26 for the 550 circuit and he has been established as a very short-priced favourite.
Priceless Brandy will not be harmed by a trap four draw, especially with normal slow starters on his immediate inner. His kennel companion Jaytee Dutch is a major danger but is not the type to dive inwards from traps while he has a tendency to run wide on the bends.
The major danger to the two Gowran-based dogs is Swithins Brae which Peter Cronin has nursed along all summer despite a few setbacks. He has really developed in this classic and has justified his trainer's confidence in his potential. This fellow can fly to a bend and don't be surprised if he leads the field around the opening bend. He is a major player.
Brendan Matthews' Leave At Dawn may have the best chance of causing an upset from a favourable draw in six while Native Chimes and Country Legend may struggle with the early pace. It is a race worth travelling to enjoy and Priceless Brandy may justify that trip!
The semi-finals of the Gain Select Stakes will be run at Waterford and two smashing races are in prospect. When Quietly was whelped the designer certainly had Waterford Track in mind and every aspect of the track suits him. He can land a very hot second heat while Skywalker Manner is the selection to lead them home in the first.
Our old friend Ballydoyle Honey looks set to collar another final when she contests the EHS Catering decider at Shelbourne.