Sunday 25 February 2018

Derby shocks for big guns

FEW could have envisaged the sheer volume of shocks that evolved in the quarter- finals of the Irish Derby at Shelbourne on Saturday night when the shortest-priced heat winner was Rockchase Bullet at 6/1. Indeed, a €1 accumulator on the four winners would have reaped a dividend of €5,040.

Gone from the Classic are Tyrurs McGuigan and Big Mike, Razldazl Jayfkay and his brothers Kingo and Makeshift, Melodys Royal, Pepsi Billy and Shelbourne Geoff. Razldazl George remains the 2/1 favourite with the sponsors but he was beaten by the Ronny Wuyts-trained Rockchase Bullet in 29.80, which is now second favourite.

Tom O'Neill's Dream Walker unleashed a flying late run to collar Razldazl Bugatti by a neck in the opening heat in 29.87, with Hey Gringo just another neck adrift in third.

The second heat saw front-running Tyrur McGuigan and Kingo clash on the third bend and Neilus O'Connell's Croom Star shot to the front to win by a length from Droopys Twirl in 29.99, with Piercestown Sand a length and a half back in third.

In the final heat, Tyrur Big Mike, Razldazl Jayfkay and Shelbourne Geoff were in the wars when leading into the opening bend and the three dogs trailing to the corner were left in front.

Last year's third, the Fraser Black-trained Krug Ninety Five then came flying up the straight to win by a length from Rafas Wee Pet in 30.01, with Rockview Head in third.

Irish Independent

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