Tuesday 24 October 2017

Double Oh Seven joins Turner's elite squad

The semi-finals for next week's €80,000-to-the-winner Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake are run at Limerick. Stock photo: Getty
The semi-finals for next week's €80,000-to-the-winner Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake are run at Limerick. Stock photo: Getty
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Leading English owner John Turner, who recently celebrated a belated first Group One success with Jaytee Jet in the Ladbrokes Easter Cup, is now on the verge of another as he is the new official owner of Kirby Memorial hope Double Oh Seven.

The dog formerly ran in the name of Freddy Joynt but will run in Turner's name when he contests the second semi-final of the €80,000-to-the-winner competition at Limerick tomorrow.

But, for once, Turner will not be able to use his normal "Jaytee" prefix as Double Oh Seven has already had a name change, having originally been known as Artistic Boy. Trainer Paul Hennessy is very excited about the dog which possesses an amazing finishing kick and looks drawn to have a real chance of qualifying for Saturday week's final.

"He's only a small dog, he is currently racing at 65lbs, but he has been unlucky with traps and has never raced from a draw inside three," said Hennessy. "He should be suited by trap two on Saturday and hopefully he can make it through to the final".

Currently Double Oh Seven is quoted at 9/1 fourth favourite, behind Clares Rocket (5/2), Droopys Roddick (3/1) and Witches Belle (5/1) in the betting on the competition.

John Mullally's Houdini Lee (8.58) did it very nicely when winning last week and he can confirm the impression when he contests the Gain A5/6 final at Shelbourne. He wasn't the best away then but left his rivals for dead from the second bend and should have the beating of Christines Boss this time.

Hennessy's No More Brandy (9.43) should have won more than one race to date but he can start putting the record straight in an A3 contest where his big finish should prove too much for the opposition.

Another worth noting is the Tom Buggy-trained Kilgraney Daddy (8.28) which showed fine pace in defeat on his debut last week.

Eamonn Doyle bids to complete a remarkable quick double at his local Enniscorthy track this evening when Monbeg Oscar (9.15) will go off favourite to win the JSC Open Unraced 525 final. On Sunday last Doyle won the Storm Control Open Unraced with Monbeg Costa which overcame a trap six draw to win that valuable final in 29.22.

Tonight Monbeg Oscar will also occupy trap six in this final and he, too, has reached the final unbeaten with impressive victories. His main rival appears to be Margaret Kelly's Fairly Sweet but Monbeg looks the part again!

Wednesday night action racing will resume at Shelbourne on April 20, while Thursday racing will resume next Thursday, April 7, at Curraheen.

Irish Independent

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