Farloe Blitz the big mover in Derby market
It's going to be another very busy Saturday at Shelbourne where gates will open at 4.45pm to facilitate early arrivals who wish to watch the All-Ireland semi-final on the large screens.
Thankfully, there have been few doubts surrounding Derby runners this year and there has again been no word of any doubts for this weekend's four quarter-finals.
The only word of caution heard was from Robert Gleeson who reports that a few of his dogs are coughing but that Samiya is kennelled in a different block and was in perfect form when galloped yesterday.
BoyleSports' Liam Glynn reports that there is big support coming for Farloe Blitz at 11/10 for the first heat and that the trap one double in the first two heats, Farloe Blitz and Ballymac Matt, is also proving very popular at 2/1.
He also singles out PJ Fahy's Tyrur Tommy in Heat 3 and predicts that the current 2/1 is likely to be cut in the face of strong support. "He is by far the best-backed dog in his quarter-final," he said.
There is a good-class offering at Shelbourne tonight where the final of the BoyleSports A2 Dual Distance over 550 yards could be a real pointer to the future. The Robert Gleeson-trained Droopys Latina (9.58) had made headlines when winning first time at Waterford and his third ever run last week saw him break slowly but then an astonishing burst of back-straight pace carried him to a ten-length victory over Edenvale Mutley in 28.31.
Believe it or not, but that time was only four spots faster than Dolores Ruth's Razldazl Fionn had clocked in the first semi. Fionn gave a totally different type of performance as he flew from the inside box and led all the way for his 11-and-a-half-length margin over Dingo Will in 28.35.
I suspect that Droopys Latina can break quicker than he did last week and he can get the better of the Ruth runner in what could be a thrilling head-to-head.
Also on the card will be an Open 350 where the veteran Crown Champ (8.58) has to be the fancy to make full use of his trap-six draw. Kilgraney Forty could be his nearest rival.
Down at Enniscorthy this evening, the semi-finals of the Gain Leinster Oaks will be run and they are two very open-looking betting affairs. The first could develop into a match between the heat winners Coonoughkerrylas (9.00) and Terrific Terri with the vote going to the Tommy Bolton-trained Coonoughkerrylas which is sure to benefit from last week's first look at the track.
The Davy Morris-trained Critical Casie won well in the first round and an inside draw will help her in the second heat where Piercestown Lisa could be the chief threat.