Van Gaal heads entry for Derby Plate
Many of the original leading fancies for the BoyleSports Irish Derby will be in action when the first round heats of the €5,000 Derby Plate are run at Shelbourne tomorrow.
A very interesting runner is PJ Fahy’s Tyrur Van Gaal which was the medium of massive support when making his exit in the opening round. He is a hugely pacey sort and clocked two phenomenal times last week in the space of a few days.
He produced a 29.45 trial run over the Derby distance on Wednesday before racing and then on Saturday spreadeagled a good field when powering home by nine lengths from Affane Scolari in 29.43 which equalled the best time clocked by Ballymac Matt in the Derby to date.
He figures in a third heat of the Plate that would do justice to any Derby third round heat with the line-up completed by Barefoot Artist, Slippery Fred, Tinnock Fantasy, Starshinedelrio and Deanridge Pennys.
There was a high-class entry of 42 dogs for the Plate which makes for seven heats with three to qualify plus the three fastest fourths. Other big names include Jaytee Valencia, Tyrur Mata, Slippery Snowy, Country Legend, Riverside Pat, Material Man, Laughil Duke, Blonde Nipper, Tynwald Rodney, Droopys Bomber, Budgie Bypass, Overcharge, Gyp Rosetti and Ballyana Foxtrot.
Bonnie on parade
They love their star trackers down in Kerry and they are enjoying great times just now with a few Kingdom representatives going great guns in the Derby.
They will have the opportunity to honour the history-making Ballymac Bonnie at Tralee on Saturday night.
Liam Dowling’s bitch won the Gain Corn Cuchulainn at Harold’s Cross and then made history when becoming the first ever Irish-trained winner of the TV Trophy at Towcester last week.
She will be the “guest of honour” at the Kerry GOBA’s gala night on Saturday when she will be paraded during racing and connections will be toasted.
It will be an all-sponsored finals occasion at Tralee track and should be a really memorable occasion with the Derby second round heats also being shown on Inter Track.
Large crowds have been the feature of racing at Mullingar in recent weeks and Vinnie Grennan and his team have put a lot of work into making Saturday’s fundraiser in aid of Rhode Ladies GFC a real success.
Track manager Sam Flynn informs us that they are seeking entries for a few 810-yard races as well as contests over all distances.
Prior to that at Youghal on Friday, the St Catherine’s GAA Club will stage their fundraiser and the card will include the finals of the Bob Daly Memorial A4 stake and the Mulcahy Steel 325 stake.