Ballymac Vic revved up for English Derby trial
An extremely strong Irish challenge is building up for the William Hill English Derby at Wimbledon and one of our leading hopes, Ballymac Vic, will have his first experience of the London track when he has a trial today.
Owner/breeder/trainer Liam Dowling is very happy with the form of Ballymac Vic, which clocked a record-breaking 17.31 in an extremely impressive trial around Tralee last weekend.
"We are hoping he takes to the track – he should as it normally suits early paced dogs," he said.
Dowling will have huge interest in the Derby, with Vic currently listed as the ante-post second favourite, while heading the market is Ballymac Eske, a dog which was bred by Dowling at his Ballymacelligott complex.
Paul Hennessy has yet to win the English Derby but has trained a runner-up in Tyrur Kieran.
He is making a strong bid and he hopes to have five challengers.
He has entered three dogs, Money Talks, Priceless Sky and Priceless Rumble for Trial Stakes at Wimbledon on Saturday, and he will also trial Priceless Pilot over the Derby distance.
He also hopes to run last year's Scottish Derby winner Barefoot Allstar, which is recovering from injury but is shaping promisingly.
The other big Irish hope for English Derby glory is Pat Curtin's Kereight King, which has done two impressive sprint trials around the track and will have another one next week.
The Irish team took on even greater strength yesterday with the news that Owen McKenna will, after all, mount a challenge.
He said: "We made a snap decision yesterday evening to go over and I have booked three dogs in for trials next Wednesday.
"Farloe Calvin is not an Irish Derby dog and it is a long time to the Laurels at Cork, so we have decided to travel with him.
"I will also bring over Farloe Buddy and South Armagh. My Produce Stakes winner Christys Bolt will race next at Shelbourne and I am hoping to run Roxholme Bully over 550 yards on Saturday."
The Peter Tiernan-trained NOT SO SCOTTISH (10.0) takes a huge drop in grade in this A2 at Shelbourne and, while he would prefer further, he should be too strong for this opposition.
Last week Reggie Roberts' CHIMES (8.0) made a promising debut and can lead all the way this time around, while other recommended bets are AVENUE MARK (9.15) and DALCASH TACTIC (9.30).
There will be big interest in tonight's Pick 4 at Shelbourne, with a guaranteed pool of €2,500.
As already indicated, Avenue Mark and Dalcash Tactic should be included, while suggestions for the other legs are Brackenstone Yan and Freya Said So in the first and Highview Lass and Endova Holly in the second leg.