23 Aug 2019
Wolfe bared his teeth in the opening round of the Boylesports Derby, posting a sensational 29.22 and as a result he has been promoted to outright favouritism for the classic. Tonight, he looks likely to continue his winning ways in the second round.
Expected to start a red-hot favourite for Heat 5, the Graham Holland trained star has an ideal draw on the fence and should have too much ammunition for his rivals which include the promising Deadly Dynamite. The latter impressed last weekend, but faces a far tougher test this evening.
If Deadly Dynamite is to lower the colours of Wolfe he must fly from trap two and get across Wolfe in the opening yards. Given the incredible speed of Wolfe that is a tough ask.
Of the remainder Seldom Wrong, Toolmaker Me Dad and Fast Fit Act can all run, but they may struggle to match the big two for early speed which would leave them with too much to do from the second turn.
CIAN CAN GIVE SIM THE SLIP
Wolfe aside, Graham Holland has a number of fancied runners in action this evening with Slippy Cian, Newinn Lester and Lenson Blinder all likely to start odds-on for their respective heats.
Slippy Cian races in the stripes in Heat 3 where he must face the defending champion Ballyanne Sim and Ballymacc Trinkle amongst others.
Ballymac Trinkle will go up fast from two but may find it difficult to contain the Ballyanne Sim. The latter is expected to set a strong gallop, although he may need at least another run to reach full fitness. It’s for this reason that Slippy Cian is so short in the betting.
Cian is amongst the fastest in training and he faces a perfect draw. Rank outsider Tiger Reef races from, five, while trap four is vacant. With the likelihood of a clear run to the turn, Slippy Cian could be right up with the pace and his superior strength may then prove decisive.
EXPECT A MASTERCLASS FROM LESTER
After a brilliant run behind Killmacdonagh last weekend, Newinn Lester is set to open his Derby account in Heat 6.
Boylesports made the mistake of installing him an 11-10 chance earlier in the week, but that was quickly snapped up.
He could start as short as 4-7 this evening and if he happens to come away racing that may look a big price. Sliabh Liag and Howth Head looks the potential dangers to the turn, but there is a strong possibility they could come together in the opening strides. In short, Newinn Lester looks the part and could possibly establish himself as a leading Derby contender if producing his best.
A BLINDER FOR HOLLAND
Graham Holland will be hoping to end the evening on a high with Lenson Blinder the one to beat in the last of the eight heats.
An eye-catcher in the opening round, he has been handed a favourable draw in three this evening. With slow starters Redzer Ardfert and Swift Shamrock on his inner, Lenson Blinder should be up with the pace into the turn.
The presence of the rails-seeking veteran Bakery Lane in four is a concern, but Lenson Blinder is a hardened performer and he can shake off his challenge to dispute the pace at the bend. From that point Lenson Blinder would almost certainly have the measure of his rivals.
AUSTIN CAN OPEN ACCOUNT
Incredibly Holland also send out two of the likely favourites for Heat 2 with Lenson Austin and Macaroon Cruz representing his Golden operation.
The latter was favourite for the heat when betting opened, but there has since been support for Jumeriah Buddy on the fence.
It’s Lenson Austin that appeals, however. He has only a handful of races under his belt but has already shown exceptional pace and promise. He was initially priced up at 9-2, although he could be half that price this evening. In a contest where Jumeriah Buddy is the only greyhound with confirmed early speed, Lenson Austin could turn far closer than in previous outings. He is a relatively confident selection.
ARMINTA TO JUSTIFY THE ODDS
Liam Dowling also has a number of strong claims this evening with a trio of ladies representing his Ballymac outfit.
The aforementioned Ballymac Trinkle may struggle to match Slippy Cian, but Ballymac Arminta and Ballymac Tas have outstanding claims.
Ballymac Arminta looks very likely to return to winning ways in the first heat. She suffered a costly 1-3 defeat last week, but the sponsors make her an 8-13 chance to make amends this evening. The strong running Lolos Bear is unlikely to trouble her in the opening yards from his rails pitch and that could leave the inside of the track open for Arminta.
Newhall Missile and Droopys Pension are likely to go up well, but both will need a career best effort. With the inside line in her favour, Ballymac Arminta can challenge on the turn before racing right away for a convincing victory. Droopys Pension is nominated as the biggest threat, while Newhall Missile and Cash Is King can battle it out for the third qualifying spot.
CAN FIRMINO STRIKE?
Ballymac Tas was reported a doubtful runner earlier in the week, but now looks set to take her place in Heat 7.
A rails draw will certainly suit, but given the circumstances it may be wise to look elsewhere. Cabra Firmino could be the one the punters lock onto and he looks the likeliest leader, but the strong running pair of Ballyhimikinbolt and Boylesports King will also attract support.
After lowering the colours of Ballymac Cooper last week, Great Eastern has come in for support to win Heat 4.
There is no doubting his ability and consistency. A fast starter that is always hard to pass, Great Eastern probably deserves his place at the head of the market, but he may not have everything his own way this evening.
Rising Brandy and Allaghaun River both went up strongly last weekend and should do so again, while Harriestown Star may edge inwards from trap five, which could cause Great eastern a headache were he to mistime his start from four.
With all this in mind, Our Surprise could get the run of the race on the outside. A powerful galloper with huge pace from halfway he could find himself closer than normal. For that reason he gets the nod to claim an eighth career victory.
There is no doubt a couple of potential stars will emerge from the Texacloth Juvenile Derby which gets underway at Newbridge this evening but pinpointing them is a difficult task.
There are many unexposed types in the entry and it will be interesting to see which come to the fore in the coming weeks.
Of the most established performers, the likes of Costa Plenti and Newline Darn Hot catch the eye. The pair clash in Heat 7, which stands out as hottest of the round. They will be joined by the unbeaten Pennys Phorcys, Glengar Rocket and 28.48 Shelbourne Park winner Timmys Act.
Costa Plenti captured the Dublin Cup in his final start and has experience around Newbridge. That could prove decisive, although Newline Darn Hot has huge pace if he can avoid traffic.
The opening heat is also competitive. Zola Princess and Good Force are well housed on the inside and the rapidly progressive Cashen Sankarani must be respected in six, but Champion Unraced runner-up Deadly Marmalade gets the nod. He has fine pace throughout and if getting loose could be hard to contain.
The lightly raced Barons Court has trialled well in recent weeks and looks likely to have a big say in Heat 2 for Fraser Black. He has a 28.61 victory on his card around Newbridge and that might be enough.
Saunders Jet defends an unbeaten career record in Heat 3 and he has obvious claims. Kicking King and Hour Glass Kodi are also entitled to plenty of respect.
Jumeirah Shandy will be fancied to come home in front in Heat 4, although he faces a number of unexposed types that could conceivably show huge improvement.
Gettin Up is a powerful gallop with big potential, although luck hasn’t been his ally in recent outings. He could be the one to follow in Heat 5, where Deadly Cyclone and Double Time are nominated as the main dangers.
Champion Unraced form will be on view in Heat 6 also where Lemon Ozzie is amongst the favourites. He possesses fine pace throughout and could be hard to stop if trapping on terms. Dreamy Liamy is an interesting newcomer in this contest for Pat Buckley, although Noted Notions may emerge as the main threat to Lemon Ozzy.
The final heat is another competitive affair. Claims can be made for a number of the line-up, although the draw favours southern raider Scart Storm. Blue Daddy Two, Glenlara Ace, Storys Goal and Peads Diamond won’t make life easy for him, however.
Kindly sponsored by Droopys Stud, the final of the €3,000 Out Of Range @ Stud Stakes takes centre stage at Tralee track tonight.
Trainer Patrick O'Connor is doubly represented in the final. Litter brothers Saleen Impact, a 29.15 winner last week, and Saleen Dave, who caught the eye when second last time, look to have major claims. Dunsallagh Tuco, for Sean Hehir, is another leading player. He's won his last two, in 29.02 and 29.42.
In truth, all six have claims and it promises to be a cracking contest.
Racing action gets underway at 7.46pm.
A huge crowd is expected to flock into Longford stadium tonight as the biggest event on their racing calendar comes to a close.
The ‘Liam Clancy & Harry Ryan Memorial Longford Derby’ has produced three weeks of quality racing so let’s take a look at the six finalists who will all hope to land the prestigious €5,000 to the winner event.
T1 - FAHY RIPLEY (May 16’ Candlelight King - Ripley Diana)
Being a May 16’ whelp, the Austin Kelly owned bitch may be the oldest in the field but as a 2018 Longford Derby finalist, she is worthy of big respect. Hoping to go one better in this year’s renewal, the daughter of Ripley Diana was without a win since September of last year prior to the stake but has re-discovered her form in fine style with two brilliant opening round performances. A trap to line winner in the opening round, ‘Fahy’ showed she had more than one thread to her bow with a late win in round two and with a record that boasts finishing in the top two positions in 24 of her 34 starts, connections can be optimistic of a big run tonight.
T2 - COOLOGUE RAGNER (Sept 16’ Skywalker Farloe - Rassanda Razl)
If you look up consistency in the dictionary, you’ll probably find a picture of Coologue Ragner beside it. Kevin O’Kane’s charge has been a revelation since his purchase in September of last year and has already landed numerous sweepstake finals at Lifford track. The big heavyweight has really taken to the midlands circuit and was the fastest opening round winner when he made every yard to record 30.00. Perfectly housed in blue tonight, ‘Ragner’ has made the frame in 33 of his 40 starts to date and he is expected to run another big race in tonight’s feature.
T3 - QUARE LIMIT (Nov 16’ Tullymurry Act - Quare Morning)
Another who has plied her trade mainly around Lifford, the Teresa Maguire owned black will likely enter tonight’s final as one of the outsiders of the field. However, despite requiring some improvement in terms of the clock, previous performances have shown that this is well within her limits. Hailing from a fantastic damline, ‘Quare’ is expected to receive a clear run with the likelihood of trap 2 being away and gone early doors. Should this be the case, her abilities from halfway cannot be ignored and trouble up front could reap the ultimate reward for her County Fermanagh connections.
T4 - ZACONEY HULK (Jun 16’ Greenwell Hulk - White Tip Lady)
A winner of the previous two rounds is Niall Foley’s Zaconey Hulk. The strapping 85 pounder has mixed it with some of the best in previous starts and is another who has taken to the track like a duck to water. Rewarded for a series of fine displays with a lovely draw in black, the ‘Hulk’ has shown the capabilities of making all or coming from off the pace. With that said, the son of ‘White Tip Lady’ cannot be ignored and any repeat of his opening round 30.13 showing will surely see him enter calculations.
T5 - EBONY DELIGHT (Apr 17’ Droopys Jet - Killanin Baby)
John McGee is no stranger to big race success and he handles Ebony Delight for UK based owned John Edwards. Bred in the purple, her dam Killanin Baby has thrown numerous star performers which include ‘Tralee Race of Champions’ winner Killanin Rosie in past litters and it would come as no great shock if ‘Ebony’ was to claim gold based on her 30.05 clock in round 2. It will be the first time the April 17’ whelp will dawn the orange jacket in the feature and connections will hope for slick exit to get first run on worthy favourite, Lemon Patsy.
T6 - LEMON PATSY (Aug 17’ Pat C Sabbath - Lemon Bolt)
Lemon Shane, Blue East and Toolmaker Josie are just a few of the names Lemon Bolt has produced over the years and Lemon Patsy will head to traps the odds-on favourite to land the €5,000 first prize. The only unbeaten runner in the feature, ‘Patsy’ recorded a scorching 29.62 in the round two but Gerry Holian’s runner hasn’t just fallen out of the stars during the course of the stake. A finalist in the ‘Red Mills Unraced’ at Kilkenny which was won by non-other than Ballymac Cooper, ‘Patsy’ entered the Derby off the back of an 18.62 sprint around HQ and he is the one they all have to beat come 9.45 tonight.
BEEHIVE KENNELS A5 525
Carrying a winners pot of €1,200, the final of the John Brady sponsored ‘Beehive Kennels A5 525’ is the supporting act on the night and Spin Machine will bid to maintain his unbeaten record during the stake for his Monaghan owner, Billy Davey.
Chasing his first win prior to the stake, Spin Machine has relished the step up to four bends and is marginally the quickest in the stake thus far. A possible stumbling block however for the October 17’ son of ‘Head Bound - Above and Beyond’ is his draw in trap four. Having never raced in any box outside of traps one and two, ‘Spin’ will need to be paw perfect at traprise in order to get across to the rail and dictate the pace on the run to the opening bend. Should this be the case, his rivals will find it very difficult to reel him in with more improvement expected. However, this is far from a one dog affair and Springwell Jolly will have a lot of followers on the night. Expected to receive plenty of racing room early doors after being handed a draw outside of the aforementioned Spin Machine, the February 18’ puppy is improving at a rate of knots and connections will be optimistic of a big run. In possession of a lovely turn of pace to the bend, the son of Superior Product is also an astute stayer and will be there or thereabouts come the business end of the race. Of the other finalists, Sure One in blue looks the most likely to get involved after a solid display behind Spin Machine in last weeks semi final.
LIAM CLANCY & HARRY RYAN MEMORIAL UNRACED 330 FINAL
Swanley Bale will head to traps for the €900 to the winner ‘Liam Clancy & Harry Ryan Memorial Unraced 330’ as possibly the shortest priced greyhound on the night.
Trained by John McGee, ‘Bale’ justified his 1/5 starting price in last week’s semi final with a convincing six and a half length victory in a smashing 17.88. That win sealed back to back sub 18 second clocks for McGee’s charge, something that the other five finalists have failed to do thus far. It will be a major shock if the well bred son of ‘Killanin Baby’ doesn’t come home in front from a lovely draw in trap three but if there is to be an upset, Micks Omega looks the most likely to inflict a first defeat on the jolly. Owned by Liam Farrell, ‘Mick’ tasted defeat for the first time last week but he had excuses in doing so after running out of room and therefore drifting wide off the opening corner. Better drawn tonight in blue, if he can fend off the favourite on the run to the first turn, there could be quite a buckle between the two on the run for home.
JACKIES FLYER A4 525 STAKE FINAL
On a bumper card, the ‘Jackies Flyer A4 525’ is the last final to be decided on the night.
Kindly sponsored by Vincent Leavy, the €500 decider is a very open affair indeed with all greyhounds worthy of landing the winner’s purse. Seamus Reilly is doubly represented in the decider with Breffni Comet in one and the joint fastest semi final winner, Breffni Myles in three. Both powerful finishers, ‘Myles’ perhaps possesses a touch more early pace that litter sister ‘Comet’ and he outlined his staying abilities with a powerful finish to land his semi final last week. Open to further improvement, he looks a leading hope along with Mullagh Jake in six. The sole wide seed made every post a winning one during his semi final win and hailing from a kennel which is no stranger to the winner’s enclosure, the most experienced tracker in the race can again set the pace with another ping break from the outside.