Sunday 25 February 2018

Silva can make most of draw in tricky heat

A number of leading fancies will be in action in this session
A number of leading fancies will be in action in this session
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Not one of the top seven in the betting market for the BoyleSports Irish Derby figure in the draw for the two-run Doire Construction Champion Stakes, which starts at Shelbourne this evening.

However, you will find that the principals in next week's €15,000-to-the-winner final will suddenly become hot property in the Derby market.

Just three firms had priced the event up to lunchtime yesterday and they make Laughil Duke a surprising joint favourite with Paradise Silva at 11/2, but in close proximity in the betting are Sidarian Vega at 5/1 and Paradise Maverik at 7/1.

Laughil Duke is a highly talented half-brother to Derby hero Laughil Blake but hasn't the same sizzling early pace.

He can go up well but will need to make a slick start in the first semi-final tonight where he takes on a talented field which includes Sunday's Dundalk hero Paradise Silva, Riverside Pat, Tyrur Dicky, Skywalker Farloe and Barefoot Artist. I fancy Pat Buckley's Paradise Silva (9.57) to make the most of his draw near the rails.

The second heat is equally interesting with Graham Holland's Sidarian Vega (10.12) the one to beat. He has the early pace to take the bend and he showed last week that he stays better than we had thought.

Paradise Maverik has a big chance here also, while I will be keeping a close eye on Offshore Bound, which appeals as each way value at the 33/1 being quoted by a couple of the firms.

The early pace of Moss O'Connor's Irish Independent Laurels winner Midtown Raffa (10.27) could swing the third heat. If he leads he will take an amount of beating in a race where the bitch Urban Gossip is an interesting runner from an inside draw.

Dundalk stars

The Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup kicked off at Dundalk last night with five heats, and the remaining six first-round contests will be decided this evening.

A number of leading fancies will be in action in this session and a most interesting runner is the Ian Reilly-trained Quietly (8.35).

Conqueror of Farloe Blitz in last year's Dublin Coach Puppy Derby final, Quietly was a fancied contender for the English Derby but paid the penalty for a missed start. This trip should be ideal and he can beat Blastoff McCaw and Hillcroft Hero .

Terry Corden's Tynwald Bish (9.05), which ran up the English Derby and is trained by Peter Cronin - who won this event last year with English Derby third Crokers Champ - can lead home Crown Champ.

Also tonight the second round of the Thurles Fresh Milk Tipperary Cup will be run at Thurles and all eyes will be on fast first-round winner Boherna Pedro (10.02).

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