It can be considered a successful Boylesports Irish Derby First Round with 14 of our original 15 runners progressing. The only downside being Nitro Notorious who took a very nasty fall, but we’re pleased to say his injury is not as bad as first feared and with time and treatment he’ll be back.
We walked away with 5 heat winners overall which included some very special performances. Sonic set the standard in Heat 2, clocking a brilliant 29.12, the second fastest ever time round Shelbourne for the 550yrds. Clares Rocket wasn’t too far behind when he ran out a sixteen length winner, and clocking a sensational 29.16 in Heat 7. Clonbrien Hero took the spoils in Heat 5 clocking 29.65 and maintaining his current run of great form. Droopys Cabaye showed his class in Heat 3 landing the contest in a solid 29.63. Drive on Tipp was our final heat winner, leading all the way he took Heat 14 in fine style, stopping the clock in 29.35.
All the videos can be seen on our First Round Derby page found here.
The draw for the Second Round was made on Saturday evening and can be seen in full by downloading the race cards below. Thursday evening we get underway in the Heat 1 with a double, Impressive Guy lines up alongside Sidarian Fern. Heat 2 throws up another double, Black Truffle and Drive On Tipp line up alongside each other. Slippery Louise has drawn stripes in Heat 3 before Kiss and Hug takes his place in Heat 4. The final runner on the evening is Sonic, in Heat 5, has drawn trap 4 and will be looking to avoid trouble.
Onto Saturday’s heats and we start in the first heat of the evening, Heat 9, where Clonbrien Hero has a tricky trap 5 draw to play with. Clona Kid will take his place in Heat 10, where he faces some very strong dogs. Heat 12 we have another double, Hovex Mick and Clares Rocket find themselves paired together in a very high quality affair which includes the classy UK entrant Dorotas Wildcat and the recent Champion Stakes victor, Jaytee Yankee. Straight into Heat 13 where Black Farren lines up, Kilmessan Gold then takes his place in Heat 14 before Droopys Cabaye completes our team’s runners in Heat 15 with a nice draw to work from.
Good luck to all our owners, safe qualification is still the target for all our runners!