Pat’s Maverik In Paradise
We are down to the final six in the Cesarewitch in Mullingar and Paradise Maverik(8/11) really set the Westmeath venue alight on last Saturday night, you knew passing the winning line first time round that the record was in danger of going.
Maverik found himself in complete isolation off the second bend and he really turned on the turbo boost from here. Pat Buckley’s charge had opened up a huge advantage by the time he reached the home straight and stopped the clock in a near record 33.02 coming home thirteen lengths in front of Larry Masons ultra-consistent Native Hut(9/2) and Springwell Katie(20/1).
The track record coincidently is held by Micks Savings (32.92) who was also handled by Pat Buckley and was set in 2007! Coolronan Bigmac(8/1) caused an upset in the second semi-final when he turned over the favourite Droopys Bomber(7/2). Bigmac made use of his good draw on the outside, went up straight to the bend with Springwell Watsy(10/1) on the inside he cut a lovely first corner and hit the lead off the second bend and was never headed from here, he held off the fast finishing Droopys Bomber by a length in 33.66 with Springwell Wastsy in third.
The draw for the final hasn’t worked out ideal for the hot favorite Paradise Maverik in trap four, he is drawn inside Droopys Bomber who could take a step to the left on the run to the corner but if Maverik gets away like he did in the semi-final they could be all playing for second prize money! Droopys Bomber could be a dog for the future over an extended trip maybe?
Hawk Sets The Standard In Cork
Gaytime Hawk(8/1) set the bar in the opening round of the Irish Laurels in Cork, he has already established himself as one of the leading trackers in the country after a number of brilliant runs around Shelbourne Park.
Hawk turned on the style on Saturday as he took up the running between the last two bends to go on and record the FTON 28.16, he hails from the red hot kennel of Graham Holland who also has another big contender in the shape of Coran Sky(12/1). The competition got off to a flying start when the track specialist Drive On Royle(16/1) came from off the pace to beat De Real McCoy(20/1) in 28.35.
Ballymac Matt(10/1) is one of the youngest contenders in the this year’s Classic but he proved he is well capable of playing with the big boys as he flew to the first corner and ran out an ultra-impressive winner in 28.28, this Liam Dowling trained runner came in for a lot of interest when he ran in the GMHD unraced stake in Tralee and the Con and Annie Kirby Memorial puppy stake in Limerick so he always had a big reputation.
Other heat winners to catch the eye were Blue Cafu(16/1) in 28.45, Ballybough Mike(50/1) 28.54, Midtown Raffa(8/1) 28.74. Raffa is a well-known early paced front runner but found himself in third position around the opening two turns he dug really deep to get up to win the final heat.
This competition is still wide open we are betting 8/1 the field, there were a number of runners having their first look at the track so expect to see another few big runs next weekend.
Team Ireland Four-Timer In Shawfield
Ireland had a great opening round four timer in the Scottish Derby which got under way last Saturday night. Peter Cronin had a fantastic night, he saw two of his charges record victory’s, Tynwald Rodney(10/1)28.98 and Tynwald Bish(20/1)29.52 while their kennel mate Indigojack(33/1) safely qualified for the semi-finals this weekend.
Frazer Black is out to capture another Scottish Derby and he has a serious chance of doing so with Save The Don(10/1), The Don showed his trademark early pace and ran his rivals into the ground coming home a four length winner over English Oaks queen Cashen Maureen(16/1).
Pat Buckley is also out to get a second Derby in Shawfield and he sent out Coolavanny Jap(10/1) to take heat three in 29.13, this lad is only out of his puppy grade and really took the step up to the big boys in his stride. Buckley has another string to his bow in this event in the shape of Lenson Sanchez(8/1), this fellow already has the puppy derby in Wimbledon on his CV and is looking for his second big win in the UK.
I think the Irish will have a huge say in this competition as most of our runners are all early pacers which is what you need in Shawfield. The two dogs at the top of this market are Swift Hoffman(4/1) and Newinn Yolo(7/2), both these dogs are trained by Pat Rosney and are incredibly fast hounds which they showed in their trials before the competition started but they lack a yard or two to the corner, there is no doubt they can win if they get a clear run but hopefully one of the Irish boys will be well in command at that stage!
The three semi-finals will be live on Sky channel 212 this Saturday night and can be viewed in our shops nationwide.
Apart from the aforementioned competitions we also have ante-post betting on a number of others which are on at the moment including the Gymcrack in Kinsley, the Super Sprint in Henlow and of course the upcoming English Derby. Betting for all these events can be found on www.Boylesports.com and remember you can always BetOnBoyle!