Thursday 18 January 2018

Hennessy upbeat over Sky's Derby prospects

Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

No fewer than nine Irish-trained runners will be in action at Wimbledon tonight when the second round of the William Hill English Derby gets under way.

It will be disappointing if we don't end the session with a harvest of at least four winners.

Our banker bets would appear to be Liam Dowling's Ballymac Vic (8.26), Kereight King (8.58) and Droopys Jet (9.48), while it will be a surprise if either PJ Fahy's Tyrur Sugar Ray or Owen McKenna's Farloe Calvin fail to win the opening heat.

All Irish trainers have given positive updates of their charges and Paul Hennessy has confirmed that Priceless Sky will be contesting tomorrow's Heat 9.

Earlier in the week the trainer had reported that Priceless returned very sore from last weekend's outing, but he was upbeat as he revealed in typical Hennessy fashion: "I'm delighted with him. He is jumping off his bench like a kangaroo.

"When he came home at the weekend he was like an old man getting off the bench, it was a case of one tender foot at a time. He has a tough draw, but I am hoping for the best."

As last week, all the Derby action can be viewed on Sky 212 with the first of the heats going off at 7.54. Patrons at all Irish tracks can also bet live into the Wimbledon Tote pool via Inter Track.

Meanwhile, at Harold's Cross the 13-race card will include the final of the great old traditional, the Peggy Kelly's Islandbridge Sprint final and classy two-bender Bulmers Baby can successfully defend her title.

As in all sprint finals, it will be very much down to the start, but John McGee's Bulmers Baby is the essence of consistency and gets the vote to lead home rising star Ballymac Matthew.

New minister

Tom Hayes has been appointed the new 'Minister of Dogs' in succession to the late Shane McEntee and we wish the Tipperary man well in his new role.

Being a native of Golden he will be well versed in the greyhound business and he has previous inside experience of the game.

Hopefully, his appointment will clear the way for the much delayed publication of the badly needed 'IGB Five- Year Plan'.

Best bets

Farloe Trent (9.30) can prove best of Pat Buckley's two runners in the final of the Cox Cup at Newbridge. The six draw should be ideal for the strong runner and he can lead home Killinan Cash and Captain Scolari.

The Red Mills Champion Juvenile commences at Kilkenny and Paul Hennessy can have a first round double via De Real McCoy (8.36) and Priceless Bolt (8.48).

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