Music and Bart the early Derby movers
The sponsors have identified Morning Music and Ivy Hill Bart as their two biggest losers as they 2015 BoyleSports Irish Derby gets under way at Shelbourne tomorrow night.
Liam Glynn, spokesman for the Dundalk-based firm, reported: "At present, prior to the heats commencing, it's Ivy Hill Bart and Morning Music that are by far the biggest losers in the book.
"Ivy Hill Bart is presently a loser for over €60,000, having been backed down from 150/1 to his current price of 66/1."
Clareman Noel Hehir, who shared with Pat Curtin the victory of Shelbourne Aston in the 2008 Derby, is the man behind Ivy Hill Bart.
Jerry Griffin from Abbeyfeale trains Morning Music, which was originally introduced at 150/1 and is now priced at 25/1 by the firm after some steady support.
But the biggest loser all-round for the firms would surely be defending champion Laughil Blake, which has been given the nod to contest tomorrow's opening heat after being held up by injury.
His trainer Michael O'Donovan revealed: "He had his first gallop today and went well, but it is not the ideal preparation for the Derby, particularly with the heat he has drawn.
"We are hoping he qualifies and comes off sound".
Despite the doubts, Laughil Blake is the 14/1 favourite with BoyleSports and they then have three dogs as their 16/1 second favourites - Ballydoyle Honey, Ballymac Matt and Farloe Blitz, while Sidarian Vega is all alone on the 20/1 mark.
By the way, all those tracks racing on Thursday night will be showing the Inter Track coverage from Shelbourne, while Kilkenny, Drumbo Park and Tralee are also opening for patrons to enjoy the Derby.
New Cork stake
There was a time only a few years ago when bitches were badly catered for at the various tracks.
The situation has changed dramatically and we now have a valuable new competition set to be run at Curraheen Park for all-aged bitches.
The identity of the sponsor has yet to be announced, but it will be a 24-bitch open event over 525 yards with a total prize fund of €10,000.
The winner will receive €4,500 and the first round heats will be on Friday, September 18, with the final on Saturday, October 3. All supporting races on final night will be sponsored by the Cork GOBA.
There is an interesting card at Shelbourne tonight and one that can pay to follow is John Fitzgerald and Phil Gough's Sparta Marvel (10.15), which finished fast behind Derby entry Blastoff McCaw on Saturday and, being a full sister to Sparta Maestro, will appreciate the 550 yards distance.