Sidarian can prevail in red-hot Derby heat
What a weekend we have in store.
There's 14 Irish-trained runners contesting the English Derby second round, the quarter-finals of the Sporting Press Irish Oaks at Shelbourne, the semi-finals of the Barry's Tea 750 at Curraheen, the Armagh GAA Benefit meeting at Dundalk and then tomorrow the semi-finals of the BIF National Breeders Produce Stakes at Clonmel.
The big one at Wimbledon is Heat 11 (7.48) where Go Ahead, Quietly, Sidarian Blaze and Save The Don are pitched in together. Quietly, Sidarian Blaze and Save The Don are very much early pacers and whichever leads around the bend will probably win. Conversely, the third one on the bend faces likely elimination as Go Ahead will be powering home and sweeping up the short runners. Sidarian Blaze gets the vote but he must be to the front entering the back.
Graham Holland, who trains Sidarian, also has Clares Wonder (7.16) in the opening heat and he can win at the expense of fellow raiders Barefoot Artist and Baile Mhic along with hotly fancied Newinn Yolo.
Holland can claim a third victory with Gaytime Hawk (8.19) in Heat 13, where Craig Kelly's Bellmore Neymar is also a big player.
Coolavanny Jap (7.32) and Tynwald Bish carry our hopes in Heat 2 and both could qualify, with Coolavanny set to open Pat Buckley's account, which can be boosted by Paradise Maverik (8.52) and Beaming Bucko (9.07). Buckley's Tinahue Pinto (8.36) could also qualify from Heat 14.
All heats can be viewed on RPGTV (Sky 212) and at the tracks.
Holland's Ballydoyle Honey (9.57) is one of the hottest favourites ever for a classic having dominated the Oaks to date. She goes in the final heat and can lead home Springwell Watsy and Slippery Hanna.
Holland can also score with the puppy Rising Twirl (9.12) in the opening heat, where Tyrur Mairead and Borna Helena are dangers.
Another kennel companion Hovex Princess may have to give best to Reggie Roberts' Urban Gossip (9.42) in Heat 3 while the second heat could rest between Jumeirah Dancer (9.27) and Tyrur Dicky.
Fraser Black's Droopys Oddysey (9.16) looks banker material in the first heat of the Barry's Tea Open 750 at Curraheen, with Shaneboy Frankie likely to be his closest rival.
In the other heat the Con Foley-owned Crompaun Jamesy can make amends for last week's unlucky defeat.
There is a terrific card at Dundalk. Benefit and Brendan Matthews can benefit handsomely with Leave At Dawn (9.05) and Shutthe Backdoor (9.50) while Paul Hennessy's Priceless Lassie (9.35) and Jay Ryan's Todays Gold Bars (10.05) are others worth noting.