Saturday 18 November 2017

Honey is set for a trial spin at Shelbourne

Trainer Graham Holland has said that Ballydoyle Honey is in top form (stock photo)
Trainer Graham Holland has said that Ballydoyle Honey is in top form (stock photo)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

With the BoyleSports Irish Derby commencing this day fortnight, opportunities are becoming limited for trials around the track in advance of the classic. Most of the top trainers have booked dogs in for trials tonight and again on Saturday.

One big name expected to trial this evening is Sporting Press Irish Oaks winner Ballydoyle Honey which hasn’t run since winning that final but is reported by trainer Graham Holland to be in top form.

Then there will be a special Derby Trial Session on Thursday next, August 6, commencing at 4.30pm. The normal trial session will take place earlier that day from 11.0am.

Entries for the BoyleSports Derby will close on Saturday week, August 8, and the public draw will be made in the Oaks Suite at Shelbourne on Monday, August 10. The first round will then be run on Thursday, August 13 and Saturday, August 15.

Galway final

Top race on the tracks tonight is the Flaherty Markets Corrib Plate which is one of the highlights of the Galway Racing Festival and the one to beat can be Jumeirah Style (9.52) which is owned and trained by one of Ireland’s leading singers, Jimmy Buckley.

The son of Kinloch Brae and Cabra Millie was most impressive in the early rounds of this €4,000-to-the-winner A6 event. He quickly showed himself to be well above that grade when clocking 28.91 and 28.94 in the early rounds but paid the penalty for not leading last week when beaten by Donal Said So.

At his best, Jumeirah is well capable of getting back on the winning trail from an inside draw and he can lead home Donal Said No and Paradise Zidane. The Galway card also includes the Derby Trial Stake and the final of the James Horan Memorial.

Best bets

A few runners make appeal at Shelbourne’s ten-race meeting this evening and it could be a profitable session for the Peter Comerford and Tony Moore team.

They can strike first with the frustrating Water Fern (9.26) in the final of the ECC Timber A3 where he goes from trap two and may reverse last week’s placing with Eddie Hackett’s Dirt Bird Lover.

Then they have Water Fern’s prolific winning litter brother Bittersweet (9.43) in the final of the BoyleSports A3 and this fellow has an ideal inside draw which can see him lead home Where Is Mike and Sidarian Dream.

Others worth noting are Willie Mullan’s Chosen Well (9.13) in the final of the Best Car Parks A3/4, while Owen McKenna has an interesting sort in Offshore Head (10.13) which has shown promise in his outings.

Irish Independent

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