Tuesday 23 January 2018

historic derby on cards

THE draw for the Ladbrokes.com Irish Derby will be made this morning at Shelbourne Park, with the first round to be run on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights.

Entries reached the 136 mark on Saturday and the expectation is that a few almost guaranteed withdrawals will leave us with 22 heats. This would probably result in six heats on Wednesday, and eight on Thursday and Saturday.

Among the late entries were the Classic's last two winners, Razldazl George and Tyrur McGuigan, and it will surely be historic for two Derby winners to contest another staging.

Saturday's big race at Shelbourne was the final of the Bernard Barry Quick Result, and Golden trainer Graham Holland provided a 1-2 as Riverside Cashen held off kennel companion Rockburst Saint by a length and a half in 28.74.

The Irish Sprint Cup second round at Dundalk saw the elimination of fastest first- round winner Ballyhill Sub, which was badly balked in the early yards of the first heat won by Millbankscarface in 21.32.

Fastest winner of the round was Robert Gleeson's Kildallon Ranger as he led all in beating Hather Ski by a length in 21.12, and other smart runs were the 21.27 from Maytown Ruler and the 21.29 by Cashen Malouda.

In the Tipperary Cup semi-finals at Thurles, Paul Dillon's Bua Tommy was fastest as he beat Tarbrook Tornado by three-quarters of a length in 28.88. The other semi was won by Liam McGrath's Rackethall Woods in 29.08.

Irish Independent

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