Injured Don in race to make Derby line-up
Fraser Black's Scottish Derby finalist Save The Don has not yet been ruled out of the English Derby which will commence in the last week of May.
Following extensive veterinary examination, Black confirmed yesterday that Save The Don has a "soreness right down his right-hand side but he doesn't have a wrist injury. He has a tear of a TFL muscle and a dew problem and it was that latter problem that was causing soreness in a wrist. It is too early yet to either rule him in or out of the Wimbledon classic and we will defer a final decision for two weeks. It is really all about how he reacts to the treatment."
Talking of the English Derby, the field for Saturday's Trial Stake to be run at Curraheen Park has been finalised and one imagines that the Dublin Coach Puppy Derby winner Quietly will be the favourite to gain the €2,500 prize and the free entry.
The draw for the race is: 1 Burgess Four, 2 Quietly; 3 Harley Dogson, 4 Gaytime Hawk, 5 Baile Mhic (w), 6 Ardfert Tee Jay (w).
Larry Dunne went very close to a treble at last Thursday's Shelbourne meeting when the one that let him down was Slippery Vincent (9.15) when he was a fast-finishing second behind Abbeylea Marta. This member of the very talented Brett Lee/Kildallon Maid litter can make amends in the A3 sixth race at headquarters this evening.
Indeed, it could be yet another very profitable meeting for this litter as a few of his comrades can also be on the mark. One of these is Dunne's Slippery Brett (9.45) which was a winner last week in 29.01 and may just have the edge over Zero Twenty and the very interesting Kerry newcomer Baby The Goat.
A third member of the litter that will take stopping is the Graham Holland-trained Hovex Princess (10.00) which can land the A2/3 ninth race. Another likely winner is Marie Gilbert's Captain King (10.15) which ran second to Slippery Brett last week and can step up this time.
There's a terrific programme of finals and races over varying distances at Enniscorthy this evening with the final of the St Leger the main contest.
Carrying a winner's prize of €3,000, there is precious little between any of them on the clock and, while Luminous Rock and Piercestown Club won the semis, it will be no surprise should Eugene Dempsey's Skyview Blue (9.30) take full advantage of his inside draw to lead them all a merry dance.
The fact that six inside seeds contest the race is another complication but the runner in stripes, Piercestown Club, is the big finisher in the race and will be very close.