'Jet' can complete Magnificent Seven for Hennessy
Paul Hennessy bids for a magnificent seventh success tonight in the final of the Ladbrokes Easter Cup at Shelbourne and the general consensus is that Jaytee Jet may well provide him with that historic victory.
It is eight years since Tyrur Kenny provided him with his sixth victory, which was also the first time the early-season classic was run as a 550-yard competition. The longer distance will clearly suit Jaytee Jet (9.42) to a tee as he is a powerful racer that really motors from the second bend and will be very difficult to resist when it comes to the business end.
Despite having contested last year's English Derby as a raw puppy, the John Turner-owned Jaytee Jet has been relatively lightly raced and only recently came back from a lengthy winter break. His 29.34 run last week shows that Hennessy has timed his preparation to perfection and he is set to become the fastest ever winner of the classic for the current distance.
The dangers are everywhere but one suspects the main dangers will come from the two inside boxes. Slippery Fred is on a real roll and won the Best Car Parks Gold Cup prior to this event. He is flying to the bend but he will need a scorching start if he is to clear Peregrine Falcon to the bend.
Peregrine is contesting a third major final for Pat and Ciara O'Brien and he has the perfect draw in the red jacket. His early pace makes him a serious contender.
Lenson Sanchez and Skywalker Rory are formidable performers but could have done with better draws, while the outsider of the party, Only For Life, has performed magnificently to progress so far for owner Eamon Darcy and trainer Gerry Melia.
It promises to be a very closely contested affair but the selection is Jaytee Jet to win from Peregrine Falcon and Slippery Fred.
I was impressed with Bar The Rebel (9.12) last week and Sean Dunphy's dog has the early pace to take an early lead in the final of the Ladbrokes App A1/2. He should then hold the anticipated challenge from Jaytee Scout.
The other big racing tonight includes the second round of the Kirby Memorial at Limerick and the first round of the Gain Feeds Irish Cesarewitch at Mullingar.
The opening heat of the Kirby could be the headliner with a mouth-watering clash between Pat Buckley's Droopys Roddick (8.25) and Graham Holland's Ballinakil Clare. Roddick overcame serious trouble last week to triumph last week and he remains one of the two dogs to beat in the competition. But he will need to get away smartly here
The other is Clares Rocket (9.40), also trained by Holland, which has serious opposition from Slipalong Champ, Kilara Rex, Lenson Rocky, Anopheles and Tommys Lord in what is a real cracker. Clare Rocket's early pace may prove decisive.