Derby shock as 'brandy' is withdrawn
As the entries for the BoyleSports Irish Derby were coming in thick and fast yesterday the shock news broke that leading fancy Priceless Brandy has been withdrawn from the classic which commences at Shelbourne on Thursday next.
Trainer Paul Hennessy had been planning on giving the dog a sprint trial around Kilkenny but he brought him to the vet for a check-up and it was discovered that the wrist problem which he picked up at Towcester is not yet fully recovered and it has been decided to concentrate on having him right for the defence of his St Leger title.
Trainer Hennessy submitted a team of 11 challengers which includes the highly-fancied Jaytee Jet, Jaytee Yankee, Jaytee Dutch, Barefoot Painter, Chawke It Down and Away Jet.
A total of 56 entries had been received by yesterday evening and this included two from the UK, Dorotas Wildcat and Apache Kid, but there should be more to follow.
The water pump problem, which had ruled out racing and trials on Tuesday evening, was resolved yesterday and English handler Darren Holmes was hopeful of trialling his four charges yesterday evening.
Meanwhile, the word from the racing office was that the card which could not be run on Tuesday will now be carried forward to next Tuesday.