Monday 20 August 2018

Derby contenders to show hands

Liam Dowling brings a strong team from Kerry and there will be huge interest in the running of Ballymac Bolger and Ballymac Tabor (stock picture)
Liam Dowling brings a strong team from Kerry and there will be huge interest in the running of Ballymac Bolger and Ballymac Tabor (stock picture)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The last pieces of the jigsaw will be put together at Shelbourne Park tonight when we will see the final Derby contenders in action prior to Tuesday morning's draw for the first round of the BoyleSports Irish Derby.

A substantial number of Derby contenders will have their final outing before the Classic in either the pre-racing trials or in the racing itself.

There will be huge interest in the performances of the leading UK challengers Droopys Verve and Droopys Expert and trainer Angela Harrison is hoping that they can have an early trial in an attempt to catch the return ferry.

Last year's Derby finalist Buckos Dream has been lightly run this season but Michael O'Donovan's charge must have real prospects of leading home in the A1/2 550 which is the eighth race of the card.

Liam Dowling brings a strong team from Kerry and there will be huge interest in the running of Ballymac Bolger and Ballymac Tabor which won top prizes but haven't been seen since.

Bolger won the Juvenile Classic at Tralee while Tabor won the Champion Unraced at Kilkenny and they could yet figure among the Derby entries.

Elsewhere tonight, the Greyhound & Petworld A1 final will be run at Curraheen along with the semi -finals of the Red Mils Unraced, while over at Galway the final of the James Horan Memorial will be the top attraction.

Irish Independent

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