Wednesday 25 April 2018

Paradise duo head wide-open Champion field

Paradise Silva and Paradise Maverik are the likely favourites for the prize
Paradise Silva and Paradise Maverik are the likely favourites for the prize
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The battle for the Doire Construction Champion Stakes at Shelbourne looks wide open following yesterday's draw, with Sunday's Dundalk International principals Paradise Silva and Paradise Maverik the likely favourites for the prize.

Silva came out in the first heat, where Skywalker Farloe, Tyrur Dicky and Riverside Pat are the main rivals, while Maverik has a tough draw in the second heat, drawn between Sidarian Vega and Offshore Bound.

Moss O'Connor's Irish Independent Irish Laurels winner Midtown Raffa is the big name in the third heat, where Gaytime Hawk and Urban Gossip are the main dangers.

Just as we are recovering from that hectic night at Dundalk on Sunday, where the Marshes International produced the Paradise 1-2, the Louth track is back in the thick of the action with the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup kicking off tomorrow night.

Last year the Sprint Cup was won by English Derby third Crokers Champ, which cannot compete this year due to injury.

However, we can go one better this time as the line-up for the 400-yard dash includes English Derby runner-up Tynwald Bish and one of the ante-post favourites Quietly.

Crokers Champ trainer Peter Cronin is bidding for back-to-back triumphs as he handles Tynwald Bish for Nottingham-based Terry Corden. Tynwald Bish goes in Heat 8 on Saturday, where accomplished sprinter Crown Champ will be among the main rivals.

The Ian Reilly-trained Quietly also figures on the Saturday card when he contests Heat 6 and will be fancied to oblige.

A classic winner in the line-up is the Murt Leahy-trained Ballybough Mondo which won the BIF Produce Stakes at Clonmel, and he will be well suited by the shorter distance here.

He comes up against Red Mills Champion Unraced winner Shutthe Backdoor in Heat 11.

Graham Holland has a powerful team led by Amazing Dude and Vans Viking; an interesting runner is Bellmore Neymar which has clocked impressively in a trial.

Earl fancied

The final of the Roban Financial Open Unraced will be run at Enniscorthy tonight and there is every chance that Eilish McCann's Ballinclare Earl (9.0) will go off favourite ahead of Pat Gordon's Alien Ticker after last week's decisive result.

Ballinclare looks well drawn on the inside and that could be decisive.

Meanwhile, at Shelbourne the banker of the night is surely Owen McKenna's Believe (10.13) in the final of the Drumcrow Obama A3.

Irish Independent

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