Wednesday 24 January 2018

Shoemakers shows rivals a clean pair of heels

THERE was a surprise in the final of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup at Dundalk on Sunday when Tom Harte's Shoemakers Lad gained a trap-to-line victory to land the €20,000 prize.

There was a great turn-out, which contributed to very impressive betting figures on both the Tote and in the ring. Despite the fact that the winner was strongly backed at 7/1, he was still returned at 6/1.

Favourite Cracking Man lost a little ground in the early yards after breaking smartly and Shoemakers Lad dashed clear from Gilford Driver. The favourite then challenged from the first bend but Shoemakers won by over a length in 21.10.

The Hennerty Sales Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park is the intended target for winner and runner-up and that Classic will kick off on September 23.

Meanwhile, there have been no new serious injury doubts following the second-round action in the Ladbrokes.com Irish Derby at Shelbourne.

Challenger

The young dog to emerge from the pack as a challenger to the established stars is Meadow Bank Owl.

His trainer Graham Holland yesterday gave a very positive report on this lightly raced tracker, which performed extremely well when coming from behind Makeshift to grab a narrow victory.

"He is a gutsy little dog and loves an inside draw. He lacks that bit of early pace but he is very strong from the second bend," said Holland.

Meadow Bank Owl is now a 12/1 third favourite for the Classic behind the Dolores Ruth-trained pair of Razldazl George (5/1) and Razldazl Jayfkay at 6/1.

The highlight of Saturday's third round could be Heat 3, where Razldazl Jayfkay will come up against reigning champion Tyrur McGuigan in a race that also includes second-round winners Ballymac Mitsy, Maggies Whistle and Droopys Comedian.

Only a handful of tables are still available for final night, September 10, and these would need to be booked immediately.

There are interesting packages available for groups of 10 and more, one including transport to and from at the very reasonable price of €25.

Irish Independent

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