Jaytee Jet's English Derby defence begins here
Only four greyhounds have managed to successfully defend the English Derby and Jaytee Jet tonight takes the first steps towards a defence of his title when he makes his seasonal debut in the first round of the Best Car Parks Gold Cup at Shelbourne.
Jaytee Jet has run only once since that night he won the Derby at Wimbledon but trainer Paul Hennessy is very hopeful that the dog can take up the challenge at new Derby venue Towcester in June.
But first things first and he must prove his current well-being in the Shelbourne feature. It is not his ideal event as the 525 is short of his best distance but he is well capable of competing with the very best over the shorter trip.
He goes in the second of the seven heats this evening and could hardly have drawn a much tougher opening task with the likes of Water Fern, Tyrur Van Gaal and Coolavanny Mason in opposition. But Jaytee Jet (8.57) is well drawn as the solitary seeded runner and he can make a winning return.
Among his main rivals in the valuable competition are the Graham Holland duo of Proud Graham and Riverside Oscar and they can form the best double wager on the night.
Proud Graham (8.42) has sizzling early pace and his trap one draw in the opening heat can seal a winning advantage with Peregrine Falcon and Burgess Popeye the potential dangers.
Riverside Oscar (9.42) goes in Heat 5 and his early pace can see him go clear and then resist the likely challenge from Liam Dowling's Killeacle Wayne. Owen McKenna's Farloe Joey (9.12) is well-housed on his return in Heat 3, while others worth supporting in the heats are Dowling's Coolavanny Pet (9.27), PJ Fahy's Tyrur Hugo (9.57) and Pat Guilfoyle's Good News (10.12).
While rated as an A1 competition the Gain Cup at Curraheen is likely to end up as an open-class event and tonight's first round heats can produce winning efforts from Michelito (8.52), Ballymac Scala (9.07) and Ballymac Tomasso (9.52).