Mucho out but Honey can shine
The BoyleSports Irish Derby dream ended for first round winner Mucho Macho Man when Paul Hennessy was forced to withdraw him from tonight's Heat 7 in the first session of the second round heats at Shelbourne Park.
His absence makes things easier for Sidarian Vega (10.13) which was already guaranteed to be an odds-on favourite for the race. He will now be extremely short and it will be a surprise if he doesn't lead home Tyrur Mairead and company.
It could be quite a session for Vega's trainer Graham Holland who has no fewer than eight runners in the heats. A minimum of a treble looks on the card for the Golden-based handler and the last of these should be the super bitch Ballydoyle Honey (10.28) in the final heat.
She performed heroically in claiming second place behind kennel companion Calzaghe Clampet in the first round and has another formidable kennel companion, Rurai Hawaii, among her rivals this time.
It is a hot contest but Ballydoyle Honey can lead home Gyp Rosetti and Rural Hawaii.
No doubt Riverside Pat will be made favourite to land Heat 5 for Holland following his brilliant win on Saturday but the odds about him defying a wide draw for a second time in a row are not the brightest. Given the draw, a tentative vote is given to Moss O'Connor's Secreto (9.43) which has yet to show his real potential at headquarters.
But Holland can be on the mark with the young bitch Ardrahan Zindi (9,28), while Owen McKenna can get the meeting off to a flying start with an early heat double. His flying early pacer Farloe Blitz (8.43) can set the ball rolling in the first heat and half-brother Farloe Rumble (8.28) can follow his example in the second.
Fraser Black can have a one-two in Heat 3 with Save The Don (9.13) and Blonde Nipper, while the Brendan Matthews-owned Leave At Dawn (9.58) is ideally housed in Heat 6.
As predicted, Liam Dowling's Ballymac Bonnie gave a real exhibition when storming to an impressive victory in the £8,000 TV Trophy at Towcester.
The super stayer, winner of the Gain Corn Cuchulainn at Harold's Cross last month, was as far back as fifth with a circuit to race but she flew past her rivals to win by three-and-a-half lengths from Bubbly Time in 55.44 for the 906 metres contest.
Bonnie thus became the first Irish-trained winner of the famed TV Trophy and thrilled owner/trainer Liam Dowling said: "I used to watch this marathon race as a kid on BBC and it is a great thrill to win it."
She will now be aimed at the Night of Stars 850 at Shelbourne Park on November 14.