The team have secured an amazing three runners in tonight’s Boylesports Irish Derby Final,  a feat we also accomplished in 2016 when we triumphed on the evening with Rural Hawaii. Graham gives a run down on all three runners.

SLIPPY CIAN

I wasn’t sure if Cian had got up in the Semi Final last week, it was that tight, but all that mattered was he had qualified. It was a real battle of a race and he used his intelligence and track craft to get the win. He’s in good shape and I’m happy he’s drawn on the inside of Clonrien Hero as he (Hero) has a tendancy to take a step right when he leaves the traps. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Cian’s trapping ability so far but hopefully he may get it right tonight. Ideally he can get a clear run early and be in touch of the early leaders. He possesses massive middle pace and showed this in the Semi Final last week, combined with his track craft, he is not out of it if he doesn’t lead.

Owners : Full House Syndicate

CLONBRIEN HERO

We’re pleased to have Hero drawn outside Cian unlike the other way round as it was in the Semi Final. Leaving the boxes, after his slight step right, he usually runs a straight line before cutting the bend. He showed all of his big competition experience and shear tenacity to qualify on Saturday. He’s an experienced pro who’s contested and won the big races in the game and to make the Derby Final adds to his already bursting CV. Hero is sound and like Cian and Totos, and we’ve been trying our best to get them all into the best shape possible. All of them have been fit since the first round as we didn’t want to risk an mishaps in the early rounds.

Owners : Full House Syndicate

CLONA BLAZE

Clona Blaze is a dog who has really matured and developed throughout the Derby campaign. Before the competition started we all probably thought he was more suited to the 525 trip but he’s got stronger throughout the competition and runs the final two bends at Shelbourne superbly. His all-round speed has delighted us all, at the third bend last week we thought he was facing elimination but showed brilliant determination to claim the qualifying spot. He’s well drawn in six, outside a moderately away Jaytee Taylor on his inside. We’re doing our upmost to have all three dogs in optimum condition for the race and we can do no more than that; it’s great to have three in the Final.

Owners : Kevin O’Brien

It’s been a great competition so far and all of ours runners performed with real credit throughout. It’s testament to the hard work and effort the team put in all year round that we have three lining up in arguably the biggest race in the calendar.  We’d also like to thank our owners, friends and followers (social media) for their support and well wishes.

Best of luck to connections of all runners, enjoy the evening and here’s hoping we can get one of the team over the line first!