Wednesday 24 January 2018

Red for glory in champion stakes heats

The banker bet in the heats can be Pat Guilfoyle’s Good News in the first heat. Photo: Stock Image
The banker bet in the heats can be Pat Guilfoyle’s Good News in the first heat. Photo: Stock Image
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Since the Champion Stakes was first run in 1986, only three of the winners have managed to go on to Irish Derby success in the same year. Can that record be improved upon this year?

A fourth winner, Razldazl Billy, did manage to do the double but he won the Champion a year before he won the Derby.

The field for this year's BoyleSports Champion Stakes is high class and features a number of dogs which will be in the top echelon of the Derby betting.

The banker bet in the heats can be Pat Guilfoyle's Good News in the first heat. He has missed out on a few big pots already but he has the draw to ensure a first-bend lead and he can lead home the hugely consistent Jaytee Jet and Drive On Tipp.

Peter Cronin's Swithins Brae is another that can benefit from a trap-one draw in Heat 2. He ran well in the Derby at Towcester and can prove too strong for Kilgraney Ace and Jaytee Yankee.

PJ Fahy must have paid handsomely for Tyrur Harold after he smashed the Longford track record but the evidence of his Shelbourne debut last week would suggest it was money well spent.

He was made the ante-post favourite for this event but he will have to break very fast if he is to lead the inside runner Coolavanny Mason in the third heat. We are going to side with the red jacket to win all three heats.

There is top fare at a number of venues this evening. The second round of the Tipperary Cup will be run at Thurles and the best bets there might be Borna Heidi in Heat 3 and Code Flash in Heat 4.

The semi-finals of the James Horan Memorial will be run at the western venue and the big clash will be in the second semi where Gerry Holian's Caislean Fifi comes up against Brian Divilly's Crafty Tavico.

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