Quietly set to give Scottish Derby a miss
Following his tremendous record-breaking run in the final of the Greyhound & Petworld Supersprint at Curraheen Park on Saturday, Quietly is to stay at home for his next outing instead of going for the Scottish Derby at Shawfield.
Trainer Ian Reilly had intimated last week that Quietly might have a trial at Shawfield this weekend in advance of a challenge for the RPGTV Scottish Derby but yesterday he revealed that there was a change of plan for the son of Tullymurry Act.
Reilly said that Quietly would now contest the Barrington's Hospital Treaty Cup which commences at Limerick on Saturday night. This three-run event over 350 yards closes to entries today at noon.
By the way, Hee Haws Sheriff, which completed the Reilly 1-2 result in the final at Curraheen, will be on the easy list for a few weeks as he recovers from a little setback.
Entries also close this morning for two other major competitions. The Gain Irish Cesarewitch will commence at Mullingar on Saturday and the 48-dog event over 600 yards will have a winner's prize of €9,500.
Then there is the Pat Hennerty Sales Cork Oaks which will be run over 525 yards at Curraheen this Saturday and will have a winner's prize of €5,500.
Meanwhile Jaytee Jet is a best price 6/4 with the sponsors Ladbrokes for the Easter Cup in advance of Saturday's semis. His main rival in the betting is Slippery Fred at 5/2 with Peregrine Falcon available between 4/1 and 5/1. Skywalker Rory is then at 6/1 with Lenson Sanchez at 7/1. The outsider of the field is Only For Life which is generally a 25/1 chance.
Jaytee Jet is bidding to further improve trainer Paul Hennessy's great record in this competition. The Gowran trainer has won it on six previous occasions with Mr Pickwick, Mr Bozz, twice with the Late Late Show and then with Ardkill Jamie and Tyrur Kenny. Once the Easter Cup is over Hennessy will be preparing Jaytee Jet and litter brother Jaytee Dutch for the English Derby. That event has been the target for some time and Jaytee Jet is currently great value with the layers and is on offer at 66/1 for the last English Derby to be run at Wimbledon.
Graham Holland's Clares Rocket has taken over as clear favourite for the Kirby Memorial at Limerick following Saturday's first round action. This son of Confident Rankin did nothing wrong when scoring an easy victory but he will have a tougher task when he is asked to take on some really hot rivals in a difficult Heat 6.