Saturday 24 March 2018

Robert and Ballymac on track for big Night

Derby winner Slippery Robert is ready to return to action and will have a trial around Shelbourne tomorrow week in readiness for the Night of Stars.

And it looks as though Derby favourite Ballymac Vic will also be going for the big meeting on November 30.

"Slippery Robert is coming along very nicely. He will have the trial on Saturday week and that should put him right for the Night of Stars," Robert Gleeson said yesterday.

Incidentally, Gleeson also reported that his Future Champions winner Kingsmill Sky will be contesting the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake.

He clocked 28.63 in a trial last Saturday around Shelbourne.

Ballymac Vic had a trial at Shelbourne last night. The brilliant racer has been at stud since his Irish Derby bid, which was plagued by a serious injury sustained in a home accident.

He has been doing very well at stud and owner Liam Dowling had to decide whether to leave him there or bring him back for the Night of Stars, which will be staged at Shelbourne Park.

"Vic is in good form and his foot is fully recovered," Dowling said.

"If he comes out of the trial okay he will run on the Night of Stars and it would be nice if he could win a big one after all his near misses."

It has been mentioned that the dog might come back next year to have another crack at the English Derby and Dowling doesn't fully rule out the possibility of a return to racing.

"Listen, it is too early for such decisions. A lot can happen between now and English Derby time and we'll see how things are going with him," he said.


It is a relatively quiet night on the track front with graded fare the general diet.

The first round of the Farloe Calvin A1 Stake will be run at Tralee and Ardfert Christy (8.55) looks to be a very interesting runner in the opening heat.

This dog was a finalist in the big unraced event on the Kerry GAA night and if he can reproduce that level of form, he will take a huge amount of beating here.

The first round of the Mary Ramsbottom Memorial A2 will be run at Kilkenny and the best bet there could be Barefoot Bandit (9.36) from a favourable draw in the final heat.

At Harold's Cross, the Gerry Barber-trained Pinstriped Gizmo (8.37) will be bidding to make it six wins from his last seven outings at the track and he looks to have a terrific opportunity again.

Vincent Maguire's Mags Dream (9.04) is also on the crest of a wave at the moment and can make it three in a row in the A2 seventh race.

Irish Independent

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