'Gin' to overcome Hero in Easter thriller
It was an eventful first day at the Irish Cup coursing meeting at Limerick Racecourse, with the major surprise being the elimination of last year's Derby hero Reikers Island, which was well led by Millstreet duffer winner Business Yankee.
Another shock was the exit of Post Graduate, which was well led by Kilkeale Magic.
The course of the day was that between last year's winner Skellig Shane and Ballinveala Gold. Skellig survived on a 'just up' decision after a thrilling battle.
The day ended with Skellig Shane the 9/2 favourite to retain his crown, but one which really caught the eye was Ashmore Rocket, which is owned by Derby sponsor John Boyle
On the track, tonight's second-round heats of the Ladbrokes Easter Cup will feature what promises to be an exciting clash between rising star Borna Gin and last year's all-conquering Clonbrien Hero.
Borna Gin was power and pace personified as he thundered around the track in 29.29 in the first round, while Clonbrien Hero ran a little rusty in what was his first race of the year and finished only third behind Swithins Brae.
That run will have brought on Clonbrien but his draw sees him in six, with the brilliant young prospect Droopys Noah in five.
Any bump between them would swing the advantage strongly towards Borna Gin (9.42) and the Pat Buckley-trained speedster is taken to lead them home.
Irish Derby winner Good News (9.57) will be a very short price for Heat 2, while the Tom Buggy-trained Kilgraney Master (10.12), gets the vote to take what is an open-looking Heat 3.