'Clonbrien' an Irish hopeful at Towcester
The Star Sports English Derby commenced last night at Towcester and tonight's middle session of the first round will see four more Irish runners in action.
By far our leading hope tonight is triple classic winner Clonbrien Hero (7.35) and he is certainly capable of leading home Bruisers Bullet and Oi Oi Upenalty if producing his best form.
Peter Cronin's Swithins Brae (7.50) and Paul Hennessy's Jaytee Taylor (8.36) also have winning prospects in their heats but Jaytee Jaguar (7.19) has a tough task against former Irish star Droopys Wilbury.
The big meeting on the home front this evening is at Kilkenny where the final of the Weadick Open 725 is backed up by the exciting first round heats of the Red Mills Champion Unraced.
Mickey Flynn's String Of Pearls (8.48) is nominated to get up late to take the 725 prize but it will be a case of spotting the future champions in what looks a really intriguing Champion Unraced Stake.
The quarter-finals of the €10,000 Lee Strand 550 are down for decision at Tralee and the Liam Dowling-trained Mc Razl (9.42) can make it four on the trot in Heat 3, while another fancied runner is Chris Houlihan's Cashen Kuba (9.57) in Heat 4.
It will also be a special occasion at Newbridge where they celebrate the 70th anniversary of the track's opening night in 1948. There will be treats for young and old.