Paradise Silva has class to keep up Derby momentum
Pat Buckley's Paradise Silva has looked Derby-winning material on a number of occasions through his injury-interrupted career, but his problem appears to be staying sound for sufficiently lengthy periods to put a winning run together.
He enters the Irish Derby next week as one of the fastest in training and a power-packed performance in tonight's Open 550 at Shelbourne would see him move closer to the top of the Derby betting.
Paradise Silva has one-time English Derby favourite Kisses For Cloda among his rivals tonight, but he has yet to show his real ability since returning from injury.
Runaway Rover and Kilara Hey Mac are others worth considering. However, Paradise Silva (10.25) has the class to win this race with authority. A number of Derby contenders will be on show this evening, with Borneo and Ecclestone having already experienced Derby action at Wimbledon this year.
They clash in an Open 550, with Peter Cronin's Borneo (9.10) just preferred.
The youthful Riverside Pat is an interesting runner in another Open 550, but here the Paul Hennessy-trained Jaytee Valencia (10.10) may be the one to go with if he can repeat his best form of the Red Mills Champion Unraced at Kilkenny.
Others worth considering at Shelbourne are Olympic Money (7.55), Bittles Bar (8.10), Clares Wonder (9.40) and Lenson Sanchez (9.55).
The last of the Derby qualifiers will be run at Thurles tonight, but as of yesterday evening the entry for the Classic had risen to 105 with the withdrawal of another British runner, Kingsmill Sky. That brings the number of UK challengers to 10.
One of those entered was Noel and Adrian Clifford's Ardfert Tee Jay, which clocked 28.68 in a trial on Thursday.
We can expect a late flurry of entries with runners from the Fahy and Curtin kennels yet to be confirmed as well as some of the finalists in this evening's Tipperary Cup.
With six inside seeds, the draw for tonight's Thurles Fresh Milk Tipperary Cup final was always going to be vital. The dogs that fared worst were the outside runners Star Ace, Barefoot Agent and All About Ya, but they have the talent to overcome with the right start.
However, with the blue jacket on his back, the Eoin O'Neill-trained Collectionbasket (10.15) has the draw in his favour and the talent to deliver. He was impressive last year when beating Star Ace in the semi-final and a repeat of that running would see him oblige.
Also on the card will be the Derby qualifier and here Michael Maguire's Torpeys Ace (9.0) might overcome an outside draw to lead the way.
Olympic Money 7.55 Shelbourne
Clares Wonder 9.40 Shelbourne
Collectionbasket 10.15 Thurles
Paradise Silva 10.25 Shelbourne