Slippy Cian to miss Leger test
The second round of the Barking Buzz Irish St Leger will be run at Limerick this evening and the main news is that Graham Holland's Slippy Cian will not be a runner but Pat Buckley reports that Borna Gin will contest the final heat following his heavy first round fall.
Derby finalist Slippy Cian sustained a chest muscle injury in the first round and he will now have a well-earned rest. He was due to contest the third heat but it still promises to be a real thriller as the heat contains Clonbrien Prince and Gurteen Feather. These are two bang in-form trackers but Clonbrien Prince (9.54) is my outright fancy and he gets the vote.
Qualification for the next round will be the main priority for Borna Gin (10.09) but he should get through along with Totos Park and Cash Is King. Totos looks the likely winner.
The final of the Open 600 will be the main attraction at Shelbourne and here the impressive first round winner Pudgie Budgie (9.57) could bounce back to that form in the red jacket. If he can fly out of traps he will take a lot of beating in what is a very competitive contest.
At the other end of the scale, the semi-finals of the Agri-Stores Fair Warrior Sprint will be decided at Mullingar and the main focus will be on the Chris Delaney-trained Rosbirr Ranger (9.18) which is emerging as one of the top sprinters in the country. A trap six draw is ideal and he is taken to land the second heat from Jock. The other heat gives Eamon Moore's Irish Sprint Cup runner-up Broadstrand Kiwi (9.03) another excellent opportunity to win from Hee Haws Fedor.