Tuesday 17 September 2019

Kilmacdonagh facing huge test

'Tonight's fare is exceptional, although the undoubted highlight is the meeting of Killmacdonagh, Magical Bale and Lenson Bocko in Heat 11' (stock photo)
'Tonight's fare is exceptional, although the undoubted highlight is the meeting of Killmacdonagh, Magical Bale and Lenson Bocko in Heat 11' (stock photo)

Ian Fortune

The Boylesports Derby field will be down to 48 runners by the time the last of the second-round heats takes place at Shelbourne Park this evening.

Tonight's fare is exceptional, although the undoubted highlight is the meeting of Killmacdonagh, Magical Bale and Lenson Bocko in Heat 11.

All three are among the top half-dozen in the sponsor's outright betting and their clash should be thrilling.

Understandably, from a favourable draw in two, Killmacdonagh is favourite to make it seven wins on the bounce.

She is a gifted lady with exceptional pace and power and can do no wrong at present. She will be severely tested, however, with 2018 runner-up Magical Bale and the exciting Lenson Bocko expected to fly to the turn.

Ballymac Cooper stands out as one of the bankers of the night in Heat 15. He is one of Ireland's fastest young trackers and while still learning his trade, looks different class to his rivals.

Earlier on the card, Cooper's kennel companion Ballymac Anton will be favourite to win an ultra-competitive Heat 14.

Anton races in red and can make it three wins on the spin after recently returning to his best. Jaytee Taylor is the obvious threat, although he may need another run to reach peak fitness.

Others that appeal include un Happy, Worseforwear and Grangeview Ten.

The two remaining heats look wide open, although it could pay to follow Mucky Brae and Ballyhimikin Jet.

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