Twirl and Tornado in the mix for Dundalk
The line-up for next Tuesday's Boylesports.com International at Dundalk was confirmed yesterday with Oaks winner Droopys Twirl and Saturday's St Leger winner What A Tornado filling the last two places in the €20,000-to-the-winner invitation.
English challenger Nambisco made a flying visit to the track yesterday and owner/trainer Martin White was pleased with a 30.47 run over the 550-yard trip.
It promises to be quite a contest with an ideal mixture of early-paced and big-staying contenders. The run to the bend will be interesting with Droopys Twirl, Nambisco, Definite Opinion, Makeshift and Barefoot Bullet all capable of being involved. What A Tornado will be doing his running from the second bend but this prize won't be easily earned.
It was disappointing to see the flying bitches Express Trend and Olympic Stunner exit from the Gain Feeds Corn Cuchulainn last Friday but competition remains tight and Friday's semi-finals at Harold's Cross will be two hot betting affairs.
Both have an open look with St Mullins Pride, Wonder Wag and Momentinnewyork the big three in the first heat while Welesbourne Dan, Fleeting Image and Helmet Boy could qualify from the other.
The other big race in Shelbourne this weekend will be the final of the ECC Timber Open 550 on Saturday and all six finalists have a chance of taking the top prize of €5,000.
Following his great six-timer on Saturday, including the St Leger final, Paul Hennessy will again have big hopes with Colourful Fox, which looked so strong when winning the semi-final at the weekend.
Entries for the Townviewfoods.com Champion Stakes will close on Tuesday next. This will set in motion a real feast of racing at Shelbourne, with two weekends of Champion action, including the Plate, and then the biggest of them all, the Ladbrokes.com Irish Derby, which will start on Wednesday, August 3.
Among the early entries for the Champion are Pa Fitzgerald's English Derby semi-finalist Melodys Royal, John Linehan's Broadstrand Lad, St Leger finalist Shelbourne Geoff and Laurels hero Tyrur Enda.