Sunday 18 February 2018

Derby double off agenda for Sidaz Jack

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The entries for the ETS Irish Derby close officially on Friday but only a handful have been received so far.

Weekend reports that English Derby winner Sidaz Jack would be bidding to complete the double have been described as way off the mark.

Paddy Power introduced the dog as their 10/1 co-favourite for the Classic, but connections announced that the dog was having a trial at Nottingham last night and he would then likely go for the Ladbrokes Gold Cup at Monmore, which starts a few days after the Irish Derby first round.

Among those already entered for the Derby are the British challengers Holdem Spy, Bold Three and Reethi Fantasy while the home entries in the book so far are Mays King, Captain Scolari, Ballybough Hawke, Melodys Gamble, Boundforthestars, Borna Gem, Oneco Impact and Fairhill Paddy.

The victory of Paradise Alanna in Saturday's Champion Stakes final has brought Ollie Bray's dog right into the picture; he is a best-priced 16/1.

The draw for the first round will be made at Shelbourne on Monday at 11.0am and the first-round heats will be run on Thursday and Saturday week.

Meanwhile the draw for the quarter-finals of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup has thrown up four smashing contests to be run on Saturday at Dundalk.

Graham Holland's defending champion Cambushmore has fared well with a red-jacket draw in the first heat. Ballyhill Sub and Bulmers Baby are two big dangers.

Owen McKenna's Farloe Calvin will be expected to step up on his second-round form in Heat 2 where Piercestown Liam looks the main rival.

Holland's Leeview Dave has taken really well to Dundalk and looks hot for a third heat which also includes 2012 runner-up Hather Ski and Sidarian Jet.

The final heat is jammed with potential winners such as Razldazl Rioga, Mesedo Black, Rios Girl, Tasmanic Jaxx and Junctionthirteen.


The eight first round heats of the Domino's Pizza Rose of Tralee Stake will commence at Tralee tonight.

One that jumps out in the A4 is David Carroll's Tyrap Ben (8.25) which had to be withdrawn from the final of the Red Mills Champion Unraced at Kilkenny and should be up to winning this contest.


Another 13-race programme at Harold's Cross this evening where two young trackers for punters are the Davy Reynolds-trained Rathglass Queen (9.18) and Pat Harnett's Bellinteer Prim (9.32).


Dundalk Track has had to postpone the Quail Hollow A1 525 until Friday week due to lack of entries.

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