'Jordan' drawn to collect in Oaks
It is a huge night on the greyhound front with the final of the Sporting Press Irish Oaks at Shelbourne and the semi-finals of the English Derby at Towcester.
Despite being only six days short of her fourth birthday, Graham Holland’s Ballinakil Clare is the bitch to beat but her trap five draw in a field of inside seeds prompts me to oppose her in the Oaks decider.
Cases can be made for all six but I am siding with Jaytee Jordan and Nice Mystery as the two to beat. Paul Hennessy’s new acquisition Jordan can fly to the bend and she will take a lot of beating. Pat Buckley’s Nice Mystery also goes up well and stays strongly.
Add in last year’s runner-up Tibet and the big-finishing duo of Droopys Loom and Aayamza Express. Jaytee Jordan has the ability to lead all the way and she can win from Nice Mystery and Aayamza Express
Borna Gin was the sole Irish winner in the quarter-finals of the English Derby but he will be accompanied by two other strong compatriots in the semi-finals.
Pat Buckley reports that Borna Gin (9.06) had a dew claw problem but is confident the dog will be in perfect order for the opening heat where he has been drawn in three and is sandwiched between strong runners Rising Brandy and Droopys Verve. Borna has a great chance of qualifying for the final.
Our two representatives in the second semi Whoops Jack (9.22) and Innocent Times also have terrific chances of qualifying. Peter Cronin reckons that Whoops Jack can lead all, while Brendan Matthews’ Innocent Times is sure to be prominent throughout.
Derby hero Good News can repeat last year’s victory in the Golden Muzzle at Limerick.