'Kuba' makes a strong derby statement
The lightly-raced Cashen Kuba crashed his way into the BoyleSports Irish Derby calculations with a brilliant first appearance at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night.
Chris Houlihan’s Cashen Kuba had recently been mixing it with our top sprinters but he was totally at home over 525 yards as he flew around in 28.20 and was still going strong as he passed the 550 mark.
There was another very good run from the Pat Buckley-trained bitch Droopys Floral as she led all the way when winning the Getting Out Open 550 in 29.70.
Three UK challengers had trial spins and Angela Harrison’s English Derby runner-up Droopys Verve moved impressively as he posted 29.64 for the Derby trip.
Kennel companion Droopys Expert was not so impressive as he posted 30.03, while Lightfoot Oscar went around in 30.11.
The draw for the Derby will be made tomorrow morning at 10.30 in the Oaks Suite at Shelbourne and all are welcome.
Meanwhile, the semi-finals of the Red Mills Unraced were run at Curraheen Park and Kieran Lynch’s Gringos Thunder rallied strongly to overtake hot favourite Newinn Lester by a short head in 29.71. The other heat saw Graham Holland’s Colarhouse Boss get up for a two-and-a-half-length verdict in 28.56.
The final of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup will be run at Dundalk on Wednesday.