Saturday 17 February 2018

Dream trap draw makes Sugar Ray a banker

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

For once, the trap draw has worked out right for Tyrur Sugar Ray, so the Galway dog is made the night's banker in the quarter-finals of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick.

PJ Fahy reports the dual Derby finalist as being in top form and he is naturally happy with the draw.

"It's where he wants to be and, hopefully, he gets around that opening bend to give himself a run at it. I couldn't be happier with him, he thrives on racing and doesn't like being given time off," he said.

Tyrur Sugar Ray (9.25) goes in the opening heat and, given a clear run, should be too strong for Hawaii Kinsale, De Real McCoy and Rockview Turbo.

For the double, the vote goes to the Paul Hennessy trained Jaytee Hellcat (9.40) in the second heat, despite the fact that he may not be even the best of his kennel's runners.

Hot Pursuit has huge prospects himself, but he is likely to move inwards on the run-up and that could clear the way for Jaytee to get a clear run up the outside along with Farloe Trent.

The ante-post favourite is Owen McKenna's Roxholme Bully, which was so impressive last week when fastest of the round.

But this is a very tricky heat and it might be better to take a value punt on either Ringtown Snowy or Skywalker Farloe (10.10). The latter is superbly drawn and is getting stronger with each outing.

The other heat can feature another Hennessy winner with the Oaks star Locnamon Bridie (10.25) set to prove too strong for Stone Boy King at the business end.


Veteran Hillsborough handler Ronnie McKeown can claim a local success in the final of the Caledonia Smooth Gold Cup at Drumbo Park this evening.

The McKeown runner is Atitboy (9.37), which has brilliant early pace and is getting stronger with each run. The obvious danger here is Craig Kelly's Aero Nemesis.

The Gain Feeds Select Stakes semi-finals will be run at Waterford and two very difficult races are on offer.

The big two on achievement in the opening heat are Puppy Derby winner Vanrooney and the Laurels champion Lassa Expedition. Lassa looks the likely leader along with Mistaken. Vanrooney will be travelling two for one on the way home. Take your pick!

Owen McKenna, trainer of Vanrooney, has early-paced Farloe Calvin (9.52) in the second heat and he has the early gears to lead all the way. But it is vital that he clears the likes of Carrowgarriff and Killinan Baby to the bend.


Ballymac Vic confirmed his well-being in advance of the Night of Stars when clocking a brilliant 18.62 in a pre-racing sprint trial at Shelbourne on Thursday night.


Tyrur Sugar Ray 9.25 Limerick

Atitboy 9.37 Drumbo Park

Jaytee Hellcat 9.40 Limerick

Farloe Calvin 9.52 Waterford

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