We have 5 runners safely through to the Star Sports English Derby Second Round after this weekend’s red hot action, a couple of winners in the mix as well as a Track Record run!

The first of our runners on Thursday saw Garryvoe Bobby continue his great form on English soil, running out a good winner of Heat 2. Clares Rocket hadn’t had much luck in running on his previous visits but he got a clear run here and he showed what he was truly capable of. Making the first bend in front he powered away from a strong field to stop the clock in a superb 28.77, in the process setting new figures for the 500m distance. Slippery Louise qualified in second spot behind him.

Onto Friday where Ballinakil Clare was our only qualifier of the night. She finished 2nd in Heat 15 but Drive On Tipp was eliminated back in 5th spot. Impressive Guy went in Heat 17 but bunching on the run up put paid to his hopes of qualifying.

The final night of action on Saturday was a similar story with Kiss and Hug our only qualifier. He held on to grab 3rd place in Heat 25 which saw Sonic and Ardrahan Zindi make their exits. Silverhill Conor his traffic problems at the opening turn in Heat 29 and was eliminated.

All the action from the first round heats can be seen on our English Derby Pages.

The Second Round draw was made on Sunday and it sees us with no doubles or trebles this time around which is good. Five really tough heats, full of quality, where the aim of the game is to keep qualifying.

Heat 7 – Saturday
1 – Madabout Eoghan
2 – Clares Rocket
3 – Minnies Highway
4 – Coolavanny Pet
5 – Bubbly Turbo (m)
6 –  Crossfield Giles (w)

Heat 9 – Saturday
1 – Ballinakil Clare
2 – Droopys Acrobat
3 – Droopys Who
4 – Tiernans Gift
5 – Bockos Alfie (m)
6 – Salacres Koeman (w)

Heat 12 – Saturday
1 – Carn Brae
2 – Ballymac Matt
3 – Kiss And Hug
4 – Jaytee President
5 – Empress Katie (m)
6 – Forest Con (w)

Heat 13 – Saturday
1 – Graces Blueboy
2 – Newinn Blitz
3 – Stay Loose
4 – Awe Struck
5 – Razldazl Tierna (m)
6 – Slippery Louise (w)

Heat 14 – Saturday
1 – Swithins Brae
2 – Garryvoe Bobby
3 – Bubbly Bluebird
4 – Airport Jumbo
5 – Garryglass Champ (m)
6 – Drumkeen Oyster (w)