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Barefoot Bullet to be aimed at Irish Derby tilt

For a second year on the trot the English Derby ended as an anti-climax from an Irish viewpoint as Taylors Sky emerged as a champion of real substance. Taylors Sky capped the remarkable story of trainer Charlie Lister, who was winning the Classic for a sixth time.

It was also a tremendous achievement for Ballyduff Upper's father-and-son team of Noel and Damian Fleming, who bred the winner and sold him after winning an unraced stake at Youghal last October.

Paul Hennessy, meanwhile, reported that Barefoot Bullet -- best of the Irish in third -- has come out of the race "in fine form". "We only got home late on Sunday evening but the dog is ready to go again," he said.

His next target is likely to be the Ladbrokes.com Irish Derby.

Dolores Ruth is also home after going so close for a second year in succession and she reports that Razldazl George has an injury.

"He is stiff and sore but it doesn't look serious. It might keep out of the Champion Stakes but he should be ready for the Derby," she said.


This week, the final of the Paddy O'Sullivan Race of Champions will be the highlight at Tralee on Friday.

Fastest qualifier was Owen McKenna's Pablo Supreme but this is a classy race with Deerfield Music, Tyrur Enda and emerging star Rattling Tank the main dangers. It promises to be a great occasion as it is the annual Kerry GAA training fundraiser and there will be all sorts of side attractions ranging from Best Dressed Lady to a Celebrity Race.

The semi-finals of the Sporting Press Irish Oaks will be run at Shelbourne on Saturday and two races of real quality are in prospect. Beaming Olive produced a sensational 28.37 run on Saturday but her mettle will be tested by ante-post favourite Mozzletoff and Cool It Baby. The other heat features a clash between Mutual Decision and Droopys Twirl.

The Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger quarter-finals will be run at Limerick on Saturday and Paradise Casino has emerged as a major player. A real surprise packet has been What A Tornado and he is capable of a massive run.

Also on Saturday, the semi-finals of the Bettor.com Northern Irish Derby will be run at Drumbo Park, where Leeview Jet is the dog to beat.

Irish Independent