Tuesday 20 August 2019

O'Brien ready to make 'Wave' and spoil Bolger's party in Ulster Derby

Trainer Joseph O'Brien
Trainer Joseph O'Brien
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

They might need to change the name of the Ulster Derby to the Jim Bolger Derby if the Carlow trainer maintains his vice-like grip on the Down Royal feature.

The Coolcullen supremo has landed four of the last five runnings of the €100,000 feature (3.25) and relies on Halimi - still a maiden after four runs but getting better with each start and off a fair mark - in today's renewal.

The Teofilo colt will have to be at his best to keep Bolger's remarkable record intact, however, with three English raiders among the 11-strong field.

Archie Watson's Kashagan, Ralph Beckett's Future Investment and John Ryan's Hiroshima make the trip across for the lucrative pot, while there are also plenty of intriguing Irish contenders.

Market interest in Emmet Mullins' Fujimoto Flyer would be worth noting as the rookie trainer has proved himself more than capable of striking with a small but select yard.

Joseph O'Brien saddles three in the shape of Millswyn, King's Vow and A Wave Of The Sea and the latter is of particular interest after two victories in quick succession last month.

A Wave Of The Sea should enjoy the step up in trip and last year's champion apprentice Shane Crosse is taken to score on the son of Born To Sea in what should be an ultra-competitive affair.

The fillies get their chance to shine in the Ulster Oaks (4.05) where Michael Mulvany has a strong hand through Latoyah Of North and Stormy Tale.

Both were successful on their latest starts with Latoyah Of North a comfortable scorer over course and distance but this is a different kettle of fish and Jessica Harrington may have the solution.

Camphor has improved with every run and landed a decent fillies' maiden on her last start two weeks ago. Off bottom-weight, Shane Foley's mount looks well treated and can prove a tough nut to crack.

Stand-out Foley and Harrington may also be on the board earlier in the card with Invincible Diva the stand-out candidate in the opening Rainbow Communications Maiden (1.45).

Her debut effort when second at Cork last month is the best available form and she should get off the mark.

Tomorrow's Flat card at Tipperary doesn't set the world alight but there are still some opportunities with Basic Law an eye-catcher in the handicap (4.15).

Ger Lyons' charge has done nothing wrong in his four career starts, winning his last three by narrow margins and there may be more to come from Colin Keane's mount.

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