Friday 15 December 2017

Paradise Maverik heads strong Leger entry

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Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Entries for the 550 yards Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger finally began to roll in yesterday morning ahead of the noon deadline, with the draw this morning.

Heading the entries is this year's Gain Irish Cesarewitch winner and Marshes International runner-up Paradise Maverik, while others sure to be right at the top of the betting are Derby finalist Peregrine Falcon, Sidarian Vega, Rural Hawaii and Offshore Bound.

Some smart trials have been posted with Offshore Bound fastest over 525 yards in 28.25 while Cunning Barney has clocked 28.26, Heathlawn Tiger 28.39, Skywalker Rory 28.38 and Ivy Hill Bart 28.41.

The draw has kept the big two apart in the semi-finals of the Billy Mulvaney Memorial 600 at Shelbourne but we still have two excellent contests in prospect on Saturday night.

Those present on Saturday will long remember the terrific battle between Laughil Duke and Ballydoyle Honey, which resulted in a head verdict in favour of the Duke in by far the fastest ever 600 times at the track.

Duke will wear the four jacket in the second heat, where he will have fast heat winner Highview Apollo on his inside in trap one, while the highly respected duo of Ballyhooly Henry and Slippery Snowy occupy the outside traps.

The first heat will feature the flying litter sisters Ballydoyle Honey and Samiya and it could be a closer call than many suspect. Throw in the likes of Vulturi, Budgie Bypass and Tynwald Rodney for good measure.

Leading organiser Paddy Ryan yesterday described Sunday evening's Support Meeting at Enniscorthy as a major success and he predicted that the track will benefit by more than €15,000 plus an inordinate amount of goodwill.

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