Tuesday 21 November 2017

Delight as Derby gates rocket

Ballymac Matt is now a 3/1 best price favourite for the Derby with three rounds to go
Ballymac Matt is now a 3/1 best price favourite for the Derby with three rounds to go
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

With Ballymac Matt continuing to produce the goods in the BoyleSports Irish Derby, news on the classic continues to be extremely positive with confirmation that attendance and tote betting figures from Saturday's third round were well up on last year.

Shelbourne general manager Patrick Flynn confirmed this news when he reported: "We had a very good night. All the figures were very encouraging with the attendance on the night being up 16pc on last year's figure while our pre-bookings jumped by 30pc and the on-course Tote betting was up 14pc or just under €10,000".

One figure showing a decrease was the bookmaker turnover, which had been significantly up in the previous two rounds.

It was down 12pc on last year but is still showing an overall Derby increase of 6pc.

Leading layer Ted Hegarty was slightly surprised, saying: "It was a very strong market but what might have contributed to the decrease was the absence of a few of the regular bigger punters."

Ballymac Matt is now a 3/1 best price favourite for the Derby with three rounds to go, and then we have Farloe Blitz at 7/1, Cable Bay and Fair Taxes at 14/1 and Samiya, Tyrur Tommy and Secreto at 16/1 while it is 20/1 and much bigger bar these.

Burgess Rumble may now be eligible for veterans' races but he can still mix it at the top table as he showed when turning in a brilliant performance in winning the €5,000 Greyhound & Petworld A1 final at Curraheen Park on Saturday.

The August 2011 son of Ace Hi Rumble and Rising Angel led all the way in the final to beat Glenanore Ace by all of five lengths in 29.34.

As the name suggests, Rumble is owned by Sheila Spillane and her son-in-law JJ Fennelly and was winning the 25th race of his career to bring his earnings to almost €25,000.

Turf TV deal

The new Turf TV deal in which Irish greyhound racing will be shown in most bookmakers offices throughout Ireland and Britain on a three-nights-a-week basis for an initial 12-week trial period will start this evening at Curraheen (6.58).

The other meetings to be shown will be Mullingar on Sundays (3.48) and Youghal on Mondays (7.0).

Mention of Mullingar, and it has been announced that Paddy Power will sponsors the Fair Warrior Sprint this year. The €5,000-to the-winner event over 400 yards will kick off on Saturday, September 26.

Harold's Cross hosts the racing in Dublin this evening and one worth noting is John Kehoe's Ballyvic Blaze (9.02), which is chasing three in a row and can do it.

Irish Independent

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