Monday 20 November 2017

Hulk has power to make most of inside draw

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Visitors to the tracks tonight will be in for a real treat as they can enjoy the finals of the Gain 600 and the Puppy Oaks from Shelbourne as well as the remaining eight second-round heats of the English Derby at Wimbledon.

The final of the Gain 600 looks like a showdown between Greenwell Hulk and Tyrur Sugar Ray. The trap draw ensured that the Jerry Melia-trained Greenwell Hulk would go off favourite as he is drawn on the rail, with the inside-loving Tyrur Sugar Ray out in four.

Greenwell Hulk is not noted for his starting pace, but he is suited by the long run-up and he has led on the corner in both his outings.

However there must be a possibility of PJ Fahy's Tyrur Sugar Ray leading him to that point and that would set up a classic buckle. Sugar Ray has been breaking better this season and he could get across to the inside rail if he makes one of his better starts.

Fahy has big chances of also getting Tyrur Arthur into the frame, with Hawaii Kinsale perhaps his strongest rival for third. Garryhoe Jet and Danmar Jack complete the line-up.

In all likelihood Greenwell Hulk (9.55) will take the top prize of €20,000, but Tyrur Sugar Ray will push him very close.

In the Puppy Oaks final the choice has to be Drive On Alice (9.25), which is unbeaten to the final and looks a superb tracker.

She has the all-round ability to lead all the way, with Droopys Sylvia and Expert Chick probably her most formidable rivals.

Lucky 13 for Irish?

The defection of Ballymac Vic has reduced the Irish representation in tonight's English Derby heats to 13, but my banker for the second week on the trot is the Pat Buckley-trained Paradise Silva, which shot to the top of the betting after his impressive first-round performance.

Paradise Silva (9.40) has shown that he can cope with a four draw and his most serious rivals in Heat 13 look likely to be kennel companion Kippers Usain and Droopys Odell.

Buckley also has leading prospects of landing Heat 14 with Mind The Net (10.03), which was a little unfortunate last week.

Owen McKenna's Fiery Splendour (10.35) posted a new record time in the first round and will be a hot order to win the concluding heat.

It's far from the toughest of the night and he gets the vote to win from Farloe Trent.

McKenna can also score with Vanrooney (9.32), which should be too strong for these close home.

Crokers Champ (8.42) and Borneo (10.18) will give Peter Cronin a big interest and Paul Hennessy can be on the mark with Ecclestone (9.15).

The final of the Oaks at Limerick gives Graham Holland's Coolavanny Pandy (10.01) a real chance of leading home Jolly Banter and Sausalito May.

Saturday Yankee

Drive On Alice 9.25 Shelbourne

Vanrooney 9.32 Wimbledon

Paradise Silva 9.40 Wimbledon

Mind The Net 10.03 Wimbledon

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