Magnificent seven in derby quarters
Seven Irish challengers stood their ground after a night of drama and shocks in the Star Sports English Derby at Towcester on Saturday night.
Tyrur Shay and Clares Rocket continue to dominate the top of the market after highly impressive performances, while Paul Hennessy's defending champion Jaytee Jet kept his hopes very much alive as he finished second.
Fastest time of the session was the 29.00 from the Mark Wallis trained Bruisers Bullet, as he won the second heat from Graham Holland's Ballinakil Clare in 29.00. PJ Fahy's Tyrur Shay was only five spots slower as he came from fourth place to beat Forest Con by two-and-a-half lengths in 29.05.
Probably the most impressive winner of the night was Holland's Clares Rocket, as he was involved in wholesale bumping before producing a big finish to score by half a length from Fweshfromthesesh in 29.27. Priceless Brandy and Jaytee Yankee were also in the wars here and made their exit.
Peter Cronin's Swithins Brae led from the first bend when beating Jaytee Jet by two-and-a-half lengths in 29.18. The other Irish winner was Pat Buckley's Coolavanny Mason, as he beat Astute Missile by a head in 29.75. The other Irish qualifier was Cable Bay, which was third behind Danzey Exception in 29.13.
The quarter-finals will be run tomorrow night when the clash of Tyrur Shay and Jaytee Jet will be the Irish headline act.
Meanwhile, the draw will be made tomorrow for the Irish Independent Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park.