Dog chat: Laurels target for red-hot Cambushmore
FOLLOWING his impressive victory in the €20,000 Irish Sprint Cup final at Dundalk on Sunday, Cambushmore had another Classic pursuit outlined for him by trainer Graham Holland.
Cambushmore did everything right in the final. He broke fast, took the bend by a length from favourite Kildallon Ranger and then eased clear to win by three and a half lengths in a brilliant 21.01 -- the fastest ever time in the final of the sprint Classic.
A delighted Holland, for whom this was a second Classic success, said that the Ned Kerrisk-owned winner will have a short break before going for the Red Mills Laurels in Cork.
"We didn't want to dampen his early pace by seeing if he would stay the Derby trip, so we decided on the Sprint Cup and then the Laurels," said Holland. "Our other Sprint Cup finalist Knockglass Billy was unlucky, and he will go the same route."
The Laurels will start at Curraheen Park on Friday, September 21, which is 13 days after the final of the Ladbrokes Irish Derby at Shelbourne.
Whether any of the Derby finalists will go the Laurels route is very much open to question, but the likes of Ballymac Vic, Droopys Jet, Confident Rankin and Cuil Cougar would look naturals for the circuit and the trip. The connections of these have much more on their minds at the moment, with the Derby reduced to the final 24 and the quarter-finals on Saturday.
Following the dramatic events of last Saturday, Ballymac Vic has firmed in the betting and is now a best-priced 3/1 and as low as 7/4.
Droopys Jet, Confident Rankin and Skywalker Puma are next at 7/1 and Derby champion Razldazl George is 14/1.
These are the only dogs not available at 20/1 or more.
After his lucky escape, Droopys Jet will have to overcome a three draw in the first heat, where he will have Razldazl George on his outer.
Confident Rankin has a banana skin in Heat 2, where he goes from the four box, and Ballymac Vic will need to get away from the boxes fast in the third heat.
Skywalker Puma also has a tough test with a five draw in the last of the heats.