Ollie's 'Joe' can prove he is a real pro
As anticipated, the opening round of the Texacloth Juvenile Derby at Newbridge last week featured a few classy performances and the big two to emerge were Joe The Pro and Bull Run Bolt.
They actually finished first and second in the same heat with the early pace of Joe The Pro carrying the day. Ollie Bray's dog goes in the second heat (9.45) and he can lead all the way from trap six to win from Michelito.
The Pat Norris-trained Bull Run Bolt (10.00) was flying at the finish then and he can make amends here to land the third heat from Beannacht Tagdh.
Michael O'Donovan's Lone Bolt (9.30) will bid to maintain his unbeaten record in the first heat but he will be hard pressed to get the better of Whoops Jack which was confirmed a definite starter yesterday by Peter Cronin. Ray Melia's Christines Boss must also come into the reckoning.
The build-up to the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby has commenced at Harold's Cross and a number of potential challengers will be in action this evening.
One which really impressed when making a winning debut in a sprint at Shelbourne last week was Ian Reilly's Droopys Butch (9.55) and he steps up to 525 yards in a puppy A3 this evening. He again goes from trap six and the early pace he showed on that debut should enable him to lead home again.
Looking for a bit of value on the HX card the Gerry Melia-trained Nikitas Loch (10.10) is tempting in the AO/1 tenth race. He was very impressive at Newbridge last time but would prefer a longer distance.