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Shelbourne boss hails Derby a huge success


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Positive news is always welcome and the reaction to the BoyleSports Irish Derby final has been hugely encouraging.

Shelbourne boss Patrick Flynn yesterday described the classic as being a massive success for the industry.

"The feedback we are getting is hugely positive", he said. "We haven't got the final figures yet but the attendance was very large with at least 5,000 people in the stadium - an increase of over 400 on last year.

"Bookmaker turnover was €500,000 which was €92,000 more than last year and the Tote turnover on-track was just €150,000."

Most of Derby finalists are likely to be in action in the Night of Stars spectacular on November 11.

Liam Dowling and his fellow owners of Ballymac Matt were quite emphatic that the winner would be a runner, while Owen McKenna also indicated that he will be running his two finalists at the same meeting.

However, McKenna hinted that he might drop Farloe Blitz back to the 525-yard trip, with Farloe Rumble going for the 550.

Looking further ahead to next year, McKenna reckons the English Derby will again be Farloe Blitz's main target.

"We will put Blitz away after the Night of Stars and give him a good break over the winter so that he will be fresh going to Wimbledon," he said. "But I don't know if we will run Rumble at Wimbledon again as he is definitely more of a Shelbourne 550 dog."

Paul Hennessy also reports that his hugely impressive Consolation Derby winner Jaytee Jet is likely to go for the Night of Stars.

Irish Independent