Monday 23 July 2018

'Rockbays' prime fancies for Laurels

Graham Holland has no fewer than four of the finalists the final of the Champion Open 550 (stock picture)
Graham Holland has no fewer than four of the finalists the final of the Champion Open 550 (stock picture)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The battle for the six final placings in the Irish Independent Irish Laurels at Curraheen tonight will be highlighted by local trainer Kieran Lynch's bid to get his two Rockybay runners through to next weekend's €30,000 decider.

The two Rockybay dogs owned by Chrissie Slyne have been in terrific form in the competition thus far and the draw has given them excellent prospects of progressing to the final.

Rockybay Foley (10.50) is the outright favourite in the betting lists and he has the perfect draw in the second heat. His main danger is surely the Ollie Bray-trained Bakery Lane which isn't well-housed in five but has the early pace to be a major player in this contest.

Paul Hennessy had two finalists in last year's Laurels and both dogs are bidding to make it again. Away Jet could well finish third behind Rockybay Foley and Bakery Lane in this heat.

Lynch's Rockybay Rover (10.30) will need to clear Hennessy's Chawke It Down on the run to the bend but is capable of doing so and his major threat can be the Johnny O'Sullivan-trained Native Chimes.

The final of the Champion Open 550 will be run at Shelbourne where Graham Holland has no fewer than four of the finalists.

His Lenson Blinder (9.42) looks best drawn in trap two and he is nominated to lead home Burgess Paddy and Slippy Cian.

Irish Independent

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