Lenson Panda has edge in clash of titans
The two hottest young properties racing in Ireland come head to head in an intriguing third quarter-final of the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby at Harold's Cross this evening.
This match-up between Lenson Panda and Jaytee Dutch is the one that everybody has been anticipating since the draw was made.
Pat Buckley's Lenson Panda (9.40) is sure to go off an odds-on favourite as he bids to make it nine wins on the trot. He has been improving with each run and his early pace is such that he will lead most trackers anywhere. He is staying stronger with each run and he looks our top young tracker.
Jaytee Dutch has only once been beaten in Ireland and is handling Harold's Cross pretty well.
Paul Hennessy's charge is unlikely to match Panda in the early stages but he will be travelling fastest at the finish.
Milldean Puma and Philiblue can battle it out for the other qualifying spot.
What has impressed in this year's event is the early pace of many of the contenders.
Take the first heat, where Skywalker Leaf, Hee Haws Sheriff (8.55) and Jacks Asuperstar can scorch the sand early. Ian Reilly's Hee Haws is posting massive splits and his early pace may be too much for the rivals.
Last week Brendan O'Shea's Crossfield Max flew from the traps when gaining an impressive victory but he will have his work cut out to lead Lenson Santi (9.10) in the second heat. Well drawn Trade Freddie could be the threat to the big two.
Again early pace may prove the solution to the final heat with the Robert Gleeson-trained Toolmaker Scot (9.55) drawn to perfection in the red jacket.
He is capable of going up faster than he did in recent weeks and this may give him the edge over Philidora, Newlawn Simon and Skywalker Archie.
Only three dogs have gone faster around Tralee this year than Con Guiney's Aghaburren Lola (9.42) and the February '14 son of Scolari Me Daddy will surely be too strong for his Steve Kennedy Memorial final rivals at Tralee this evening.
He has won both his races in 28.29 and only three dogs have gone faster at the venue this year.