Wednesday 18 July 2018

Rocket sends the layers running for cover

Clares Rocket is likely to be one of the shortest-priced favourites of modern times for a major final when he lines up at Shelbourne on Saturday. Picture Credit: Paul Mohan/SPORTSFILE
Clares Rocket is likely to be one of the shortest-priced favourites of modern times for a major final when he lines up at Shelbourne on Saturday. Picture Credit: Paul Mohan/SPORTSFILE
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Having been available at up to 2/1 last week in advance of the Doire Construction Champion Stakes, Clares Rocket is likely to be one of the shortest-priced favourites of modern times for a major final when he lines up at Shelbourne on Saturday.

The reaction from the firms following the draw for the final was to establish him as a red-hot market leader, with Paddy Power going as short as 2/7.

Track layer Ted Hegarty admits he is even reluctant to quote a price, saying: "He could well be the shortest-priced favourite ever for this event and after Saturday's run I would expect him to be the shortest priced Derby favourite we have had for many years."

Best prices available are 4/11 Clares Rocket, 7 Farloe Joey, 8 Swords Ace, 9 Droopys Awesome, 25 Highview Event and Mucho Macho Man.

Meanwhile, Fizzypop has been confirmed as a runner for the BoyleSports Irish Derby, which starts on Thursday, August 11.

Veterinary examination yesterday revealed that he is still sore on a hind leg following his unlucky run at Harold's Cross on Friday.

"I was going to give him a prep run around Shelbourne at the weekend but that won't happen now and he will have the week off," said handler John Martin.

"We will give him a trial around Shelbourne next week and then it will be the Derby."

Meanwhile, the Gain Corn Cuchulainn final will be run at Harold's Cross on Friday and the favourite to win the six-bend classic i's-trained Milldean Puma, at 5/4 with BoyleSports.

Milldean Puma lost his unbeaten record in the competition when missing the start in last Friday's semi and he was then outstayed by Pauline Ryan's Beaming Coyote in 42.12.

Puma had clocked half a second faster for the first split in the previous round and is still the dog to beat.

But it is a very open final. The two semis were won by Limerick greyhounds Beaming Coyote and David Carroll's massively built tracker Tyrap Dragi.

Holland has two other finalists in Jo Jo Fantasy and Ascot Becky, while the field is completed by Ger Kiely's pacey but badly drawn Airmount Tess.

Special Bigmike

The other major still in progress is the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup at Dundalk and the third round will be run on Friday.

We also have a clear cut favourite here in the Robert Gleeson-trained Ballymac Bigmike and the sponsors Bar One Racing are making him their 15/8 favourite, with his kennel companion Toolmaker Scot the 6/1 second favourite. Lenson Rocky is next best at 10/1.

Ballymac Bigmike's victory on Friday last was, remarkably, his 21st in 24 starts.

Irish Independent

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