Wednesday 21 March 2018

Dog chat: Black confident Jet can launch Derby assault

Fraser Black reported yesterday that all is well with Droopys Jet following his highly impressive victory in the Champion Stakes and he is now set for the Ladbrokes Irish Derby, which will commence at Shelbourne tomorrow week.

Droopys Jet is a very lightly raced greyhound with only 15 races behind him. A semi-finalist in the English Derby, he has never been beaten in five runs at Shelbourne, successes which have seen him go unbeaten through the Joe Dunne Memorial and now the Champion Stakes.

Jet is still available at a best price 14/1 for the Derby, but the sponsors are as short as 8/1. He is obviously a leading contender and he could well be the only runner in the Classic for trainer Black, who will be bidding to win his first Irish Derby after some near misses over the years.

A few other leading Derby hopes caught the eye on Saturday night. Frances O'Donnell's Skywalker Puma really impressed with his 28.22 trial spin, while other smart trials came from Captain America (28.37), Quail Hollow (28.48), Laughill Billy (28.49) and Heady Days (28.53).

Over 550 yards there was a 29.85 run from Subway Ruth, while Star Head clocked 29.96. Entries for the Derby will close on Saturday night and the draw will be made next Monday morning at 11.0. There will be Classic action at Dundalk on Saturday, with the second round of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup down for decision. The first round suggested that this is going to be a terrific competition.

Fastest first-round winner Ballyhill Sub has been drawn in a first heat that includes some dangerous opponents, including Hanover Laddie, Rios Girl and Town Ruffian. Quickest on Saturday was Cashen Malouda and he can score again in Heat 3. One of the clashes of the round could be the meeting of Kildallon Ranger and Knockglass Billy in the second heat.

The event will be run on Saturdays up to the semi-final stage and then the final will be run on Sunday, August 19.

The semi-finals of the Paddy Byrne Memorial will be run at Tralee on Friday, while on Saturday the semis of the Thurles Fresh Milk Tipperary Cup will be run at Thurles.

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