Dog Chat: Ruth hoping Makeshift brings fine form into Irish Derby
The entries are beginning to roll in for the Ladbrokes.com Irish Derby, which starts at Shelbourne Park on Thursday week, and indications are that there will be a pretty strong British challenge.
Heading the list of entries will be Saturday's Town View Foods Champion Stakes winner Makeshift, which was yesterday described by trainer Dolores Ruth as being in super form.
It was a personal triumph for Ruth given that she had won the Champion Stakes with Makeshift's sire Razldazl Billy and had bred, reared and trained this latest track star.
Makeshift now goes for the Derby and will be the No 1 hope in the Ruth team for the Classic. She also hopes to have Razldazl Lord, Cartiers Dazzle, Local Flawless, Black Paws Down and Kingo in the line-up.
PJ Fahy was upbeat following Tyrur Big Mike's big run that saw him fail by just a neck to catch Makeshift in Saturday's final.
The Galway man was happy with Big Mike's run and confirmed he will be among his Derby team. He is also hopeful long-time absentee Tyrur Lohan will be able to take his place.
By yesterday afternoon there were already 31 names in the book, including the various Trial Stake winners.
These include the Nottingham qualifier Romeo Impact and Greenwell Viper, which took the Shawfield ticket. Liz McNair's bitch Shaws Dilemma is due to have a trial on Thursday in the special Derby Trial session, which will be staged between 4.30 and 6.0.
The big race this week will be the final of the Thurles Fresh Milk Tipperary Cup at Thurles on Sunday evening, with last year's winner Chicken Supper back in a bid for the double.
However, John Kiely's dog is not well drawn in six and on this occasion the Graham Holland-trained Carib King could be the one to beat.
There will be two meetings at Galway tomorrow and Thursday in conjunction with the racing Festival while the final of the Red Mills & Micheal Foley Memorial 600 will top the Enniscorthy card on Thursday.
Harold's Cross will be the venue for the Ladbrokes.com Irish Puppy Oaks semi-finals on Friday.