Wednesday 13 December 2017

Hellcat can bring scorching form into Leger

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

There's a high-class line-up for tonight's Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick, and one of the largest crowds ever to attend the new stadium is anticipated.

The likely favourite to capture the €25,000 top prize is the Paul Hennessy-trained Jaytee Hellcat (9.43).

It is a position earned by his excellent performances over the past few weeks, during which he posted a new track record and then won his semi-final in swashbuckling fashion.

The dog was sent from England to be trained for the Derby, but he had a hold-up which means that he's now fresh and in the form of his life.

He's not the sharpest from the traps but has good early pace and flies down the back.

Hennessy's Locnamon Bridie will be bidding to emulate Romping To Work's historic Oaks-St Leger double back in 1973. She has the class to do it as she can fly out and is a strong stayer.

PJ Fahy's Tyrur Sugar Ray has a perfect draw in one, and if things go right for him early he'll be the one to beat.

Frances O'Donnell's Skywalker Farloe has a great draw in six, while General Wolf and Rockview Turbo will be heavily involved. But the narrow vote goes to Jaytee Hellcat to lead home Tyrur Sugar Ray and Locnamon Bridie.

On the supporting card at Limerick, Crompaun Jamesy (10.03) can make his big finish tell in an A1 600, while Stone Boy King (9.08) looks the part despite his fall last week.

At Shelbourne, the second round of the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake will be run. Kingsmill Sky has been confirmed a runner, though Ecclestone will miss his heat.

The likely winners are Redwood Mick (9.15), Deanridge Pennys (9.30), Sidarian Blaze (9.45) and Emers Superstar (10.0).

Live TV

The St Leger final will be shown live on TG4 this evening between 9.0 and 10.0. The programme will also include two other live races.

Robert out of Stars

Derby hero Slippery Robert sustained a shoulder muscle injury in a home gallop this week and will miss the Night of Stars next Saturday at Shelbourne, where he was an exempted runner in the Boylesports 550.

The injury is not serious but will unfortunately rule him out for such an immediate target.

Saturday Yankee

Redwood Mick 9.15 Shelbourne

Jaytee Hellcat 9.43 Limerick

Crompaun Jamesy 10.03 Limerick

Sidarian Blaze 9.45 Shelbourne

Limerick trios

The Trio Pool on the St Leger final at Limerick will be a guaranteed €5,000, while the pools on all other races will be guaranteed to a minimum €1,000.

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