As a result racing manager Declan Carey left a number of disappointed owners and trainers as he opted for the top eighteen to go into the main draw.
As we have all found out at times, it is impossible to please everybody and, in fairness, the standard of the line-up is well up to that of previous years. The draw has played its usual tricks and we have another potential “heat from hell” which features another meeting of the current Irish Derby and Oaks champions Shelbourne Aston and Skywalker Queen.
Frances O’Donnell’s Skywalker Queen has been handed a tricky draw in a very competitive second heat. She will wear the stripes but has the normally slick starting, wide running Advantage Johnny on her immediate inside, while the early paced and middle to wide racing Slip To Lark is in four. The reigning champion Shelbourne Aston is in three while the line-up is completed by Fane Basher and Barefoot Bolt.
English Derby third Wise Thought looks the best drawn dog in the stake and he will race from the six box in the third heat where the hotly fancied Faypoint Man and Cash Dream look the main dangers.
Lar Kinsella’s Accordello, beaten just half a length by Skywalker Dream at Dundalk, goes from six in the opening heat and must have a great chance of qualifying. Last year’s Derby finalist Headleys Bridge returns after a lengthy absence and has a tough task as he has the early paced trio of Droopys Noel, Fatboyz Nodrog and Oran Classic on the inside while the very fast Barefoot Bryan goes from five.
The 18 dogs that didn’t make it into the main draw will be contesting the Champion Plate and the winner of this consolation event will receive €5,000.
The draw was also made yesterday for the sprint classic, the Bar One Racing Irish Spring Cup, where a full quota of 72 entries were received and the entire first round will be run on Friday.
The draw for the Boylesports Champion Stakes at Shelbourne on Saturday is:
Heat 1: 1 Droopys Noel; 2 Fatboyz Nodrog; 3 Oran Classic; 4 Headleys Bridge; 5 Barefoot Bryan; 6 Accordello (m).
Heat 2: 1 Fane Basher; 2 Barefoot Bolt; 3 Shelbourne Aston (m); 4 Slip The Lark (m); 5 Advantage Johnny (w); Skywalker Queen (w).
Heat 3: 1 Cash Dream; 2 Ballymac Bondi; 3 Faypoint Man; 4 Broadacres Turbo; 5 Shaneboy Lee; 6 Wise Thought (w).
The draw for the Boylesports Champion Plate at Shelbourne on Saturday is:
Heat 1: 1 Bellewood Prince; 2 Slick Sioux; 3 Oakfront O Seven; 4 Urney Twins (m); 5 Tyrur Liz (m); 6 The Other Sonic (w).
Heat 2: 1 Tip And Tin; 2 Archaton Pine; 3 Mustang Mission; 4 Tyrur Giovanni (m); 5 Castlehill Pat (m); 6 Mardocs Foster (w).
Heat 3: 1 Christmas Box; 2 Riverside King; 3 Skip Over; 4 Almost Chilli; 5 Tyrur Bomber (m); 6 Corporate Attack (w).
The draw for the first round of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup at Dundalk on Friday is:
Heat 1: 1 Saveyoursavings; 2 King Style; 3 Clonrooske Bart; 4 Blue Malouda; 5 Highview Joe; 6 Royal Rocker (m).
Heat 2: 1 Tolerton Smasher; 2 Four Dubs; 3 Blazeaway Honcho; 4 Clonarrow Rocket; 5 Diego Meister (m); 6 Sawscale (w).
Heat 3: 1 Smiths Girl; 2 Olympic Baretop; 3 Ballyneale Full; 4 Sugarsnap Sam; 5 Ballygur Mike; 6 Malouda (m).
Heat 4: 1 Miss Lee; 2 Groovy Captain; 3 Jolly Treasure; 4 Donore Billy; 5 Carlows Pride; 6 Glenwood Dream (w).
Heat 5: 1 Saving April; 2 Cool Scorpion; 3 Ullid Conor; 4 Batman Begins (m); 5 Black Going Grey (m); 6 Ibetx Dot Com (w).
Heat 6: 1 Boney Maloney; 2 Mondial Jack; 3 Flying Champ; 4 Beijing Star; 5 Yes Boss (m); 6 Your Only Joking (m).
Heat 7: 1 Shade Of Satawya; 2 Coolratty Rodge; 3 Find The Time; 4 Bronogue State; 5 Krug Ninety Five (m); 6 Shanganna Taff (m).
Heat 8: 1 Had Rin; 2 Karma Kieren; 3 Murtys Dilemma; 4 Iveseenenough (m); 5 Ardineer Rebel (m); 6 Nosey Peter (w).
Heat 9: 1 Kilaharry Mike; 2 Glen Eorna; 3 Ketama; 4 Tinas Polaris; 5 Lucas Precious; 6 Inny Blue (w).
Heat 10: 1 Hond The Gond; 2 Mentor Supreme; 3 Aho Tony; 4 Contador; 5 Marmaduke Jinks (m); 6 On Ya Boyo (w).
Heat 11: 1 Pau; 2 Kryptonite; 3 Blue Jackeen; 4 Oulart Boy (m); 5 Balscadden Sky (m); 6 Jaspers Angel (w).
Heat 12: 1 Shaneboy Nadal; 2 Reagrove Rooney; 3 Splanc (m); 4 Brother Lee (m); 5 Tyrur Dermot (m); 6 Rossacredibility (w).
Champion Stakes: Cashmans bet - 4 Faypoint Man, 6 Wise Thought, Shelbourne Aston, 8 Skywalker Queen, 14 Fatboyz Nodroo, Slip The Lark, Advantage Johnny, 16 Barefoot Bryan, 20 Droopys Noel