Jaytee Dutch can make big statement tonight
Following last night's Dubs meeting at Shelbourne, it will be the young canine stars that command the attention at headquarters tonight when 48 talented youngsters will commence their bid for the Comerford Cakes Open 525.
While not strictly a puppy event this year due to the extended age qualification, the Comerford Cakes is invariably a great guide to the following year's classic form and a number of the contenders will definitely figure prominently in the winter Derby lists.
One of those is the Paul Hennessy-trained, Jaytee Dutch which should be settling down to Shelbourne after his trials and initial race there last weekend.
Dutch (8.42) only got going late last week when a strong-finishing fourth behind Tarsna Havana but he appears to have a handier task in the second heat where Swords Fern and Creamery Bale read the dangers.
His main problem could be a trap six draw but I suspect that Jaytee Dutch could make a statement here.
Peter Cronin's Imperial Breeze (8.27) has created a huge impression in his two runs around the track and he was decidedly unlucky last time.
He missed his break but it was most encouraging how well he kept on at the end and he looks a potential star. He can lead home Farloe Cody and Water Fern in the opening heat.
Noted for his staying performances in winning the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby at Harold's Cross, Liam Dowling's Anopheles (8.57) displayed the other side to his talent when leading all the way to win the Puppy 525 on the Night of Stars. He is clearly an exciting talent and he is difficult to oppose in Heat 6 where Philiblue and Lauren Champ can be his main rivals.
Gleeson's double hopes
The run to the bend will be crucial in Heat 4 where the Michael O'Donovan-trained Skywalker Leaf (10.12) can use his inside draw to best effect.
If he can lead on the bend he should go on to win from the likes of Black Alder and Budgie Power.
Trainer Robert Gleeson has prospects of a double in the later heats. Toolmaker Scot (9.27) is a smashing prospect with a love for the inside and he will take stopping in Heat 5 where Jo Jo Fantasy could be the threat.
The final heat is probably the most open race of the night with Hennessy's Jaytee Pharoah perfectly drawn on the inside but he has very formidable opposition, led by Thinly Veiled, Farloe Joey and Droopys Latina (10.12). The latter would much prefer an inside draw but his pace could still carry him through for trainer Gleeson.
Michael O'Donovan's Lone Scolari and Dolores Ruth's Razldazl Rince could be the solution to the other heats.