Maverik completes dream weekend for Pat
It is difficult to keep trainer Pat Buckley out of the news and he had a really memorable weekend at different venues.
Buckley was in Glasgow on Saturday where he saw his two dogs Coolavanny Jap and Lenson Sanchez finish first and second in the third semi-final of the RPGTV Scottish Derby at Shawfield. He then flew back on Sunday morning and made for Mullingar where his charge Paradise Maverik justified odds of 4/7 in winning the €9,000 Gain Irish Cesarewitch.
Maverik completely dominated the 600-yards classic and went through it unbeaten in four outings. But there was a very anxious moment in the final as Maverik went around the challenging Springwell Watsy at the first bend. There was a bump between them but Paradise retained his momentum and went on to win by two-and-a-half lengths from market rival Droopys Bomber in 33.51. Native Hut, which failed to negotiate the final bends when still a threat, finished a two-length third.
Buckley indicated that Paradise Maverik is now likely to go for the English Derby. "I think Wimbledon should suit him where he will be seeded inside and his strength could come into play. He really deserved to win a race like this," he said.
Another trainer who made the journey from Glasgow on Sunday was Fraser Black who had Droopys Bomber in the Cesarewitch final. He was behind for much of the journey but finished fast to take the second money.
Black will now be making the journey back to Scotland as his Save The Don is the third Irish-trained finalist in the Scottish Derby. So, with half the field, there must be a real chance of Ireland landing this £20,000 prize.
Bearatipp ruled out
One strongly fancied Irish runner that won't be travelling to Wimbledon is the Owen McKenna-trained Bearatipp as a result of an injury sustained in a race at Shelbourne on Saturday. He trailed in last behind Fair Taxes and the trainer yesterday confirmed that Bearatipp sustained a torn TFL muscle which will keep him on the sidelines for at least two months.
McKenna said that "we will give him plenty of time to recover fully as he is a young dog and he will be just the right age for Wimbledon next year".
This setback means that McKenna will have a team of four for the Wimbledon classic. These are Fiery Splendour, Farloe Rumble, Farloe Blitz and Go Django and the last-named three are due to have a sprint trial around the track tomorrow week and then a 480 trial on the following Saturday.
Entries close today for the €2,000 English Derby Trial Stake and the Healthcare & Transport Services Puppy Oaks at Shelbourne.