Yankee looks a Gold Cup banker
The new season moves up a gear at Shelbourne Park this evening when the first of the year's majors, the Best Car Parks Gold Cup, will commence.
The quality of the entry is impressive and the six heats will feature a number of clashes between the established stars and some of the emerging young prospects.
BoyleSports have made last year's Champion Stakes winner Jaytee Yankee and the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby winner Skywalker Rafa their 6-1 joint favourites and both have landed the red jacket in the opening session.
Paul Hennessy has indicated that Jaytee Yankee (9.27) will be one of his main challengers for the English Derby but he must first prove his well-being in this competition and then the Scottish Derby.
A trap-one draw looks ideal in Heat 2 and he appeals as one of the night's bankers. Kilgraney Master can be his closest challenger.
Trained by Michael O'Donovan for Ray Patterson, Skywalker Rafa (10.12) appears to have a trickier task in Heat 5 but he is undoubtedly the dog to beat. Early pace is his forte and he will need a slick start with the likes of Ian Reilly's Burnt Beans in opposition.
Burnt Beans didn't have a trouble-free first season but he did hint at his huge potential. He has had a good break and will pose a major threat to Rafa. Colarhouse Gerry is another with big prospects here.
In the other heats those which make appeal are Coolavanny Pet (9.12), Borna Gin (9.42), Kilgraney Denver (9.57) and Ballymac Twitter (10.27).
For a suggested value ante-post wager, a little investment on Ballymac Twitter at 16-1 could give you a run for your money.
Elsewhere tonight the other event worth noting is the second round of the Dublin Coach A3 at Limerick.
Fastest first-round winner was Paul Conlon's Beslow Caharking (10.09) and he can follow up at the expense of Mohane Sue in the concluding heat.
In the first round Beslow Caharking led home the hot favourite Shelone Iso (9.54) but the latter can step up on that running in Heat 3. Pat Buckley has changed his seeding to wide and that could be a good move.