Irish raiders set for record Derby challenge
The Irish challenge for the Scottish and English Derbies is growing virtually by the day and numerous Irish handlers are travelling over and back to the UK each week as they give their charges trials in preparation for the forthcoming classics.
While a fair percentage would normally be travelling anyway, the current closure of Shelbourne Park is also a contributory factor and a few trainers have said that if our top track was open for racing there would be no question of them travelling.
The Scottish Derby will be commencing at Shawfield on Saturday week and Owen McKenna paid a visit last weekend with mixed results. Farloe Joey sustained a career-threatening metacarpal injury but Hot Trend, Farloe Falcon and Cahir Castle all moved well around the track.
Pat Buckley and Pat Guilfoyle have also been over to Shawfield with Coolavanny Mason and Good News respectively, while Paul Hennessy is hoping to run Jaytee Denver and perhaps another.
This weekend Francie Murray will be travelling over with two possible challengers in Old Fort Mill and Grangeview Puma.
The team for Towcester could reach a record figure and a new name was added to the list yesterday with the news that Noelle McCarthy-Divilly is bringing over her flying Cork Oaks winner Crafty Trivago.
She was impressive when winning the Curraheen event and would be an interesting runner. Noelle hopes to have the paperwork done in time to give her a trial at Towcester this weekend. Also heading for Towcester is Powerful Boy which made a most impressive debut for Pat Guilfoyle in an Open Unraced at Limerick on Saturday.