Roxholme the right choice

The Kerry AgriBusiness St Leger has reached the quarter-final stage and tonight’s four heats feature the clash between two strong fancies for outright glory, Roxholme Bully and Skywalker Farloe, in the third heat.

The former, trained by Owen McKenna, took advantage of a good draw to return to winning ways last week and, that being only his second outing since his comeback after injury, he should have more to give.

Trap four is not ideal but there’s not a huge amount of early pace in the race and he can lead around, ahead of General Wolf and Skywalker Farloe.

The last-named is a very strong stayer and he showed a little more in terms of early pace last time out. He is still somewhat unexposed but the presence of Mind The Net, in trap five, provides the first obstacle for him.

He had to switch inside off the second bend before beating that rival last week and if a similar incident occurs this time, he is unlikely to have a chance to recover ground against the likes of Roxholme Bully and Ringtown Snowy.

If he can just qualify, he could still be a big player in the stake but, on this occasion, Roxholme Bully looks the one to side with.

Jaytee Hellcat could cause a minor upset in the second heat. He was noted running well for former connections in the English Derby and he now looks to be coming to hand for trainer Paul Hennessy.

His Achilles heel is his lack of real early pace but he is very strong in the backstraight and all the way home over this trip.

His kennel companion, Hot Pursuit, is drawn on his inner and he will likely head for the rails, giving the selection plenty of room.

A clear run around the opening bends would be a huge boost to Jaytee Hellcat’s chances and he can lead late for victory.

Two-time Derby finalist Tyrur Sugar Ray has his draw in the opening heat but he will need to break as well as he did last week to avoid trouble as De Real Mccoy moves inwards on the run-up.

But PJ Fahy’s dog is very strong from halfway and doesn’t leave the fence. When the gaps appear, he’ll be there to take full advantage and he can come home in front of Rockview Turbo.

Earlier on the Limerick card, Tour Ali should make light of the opposition in an A2 550.

Shane Curtin’s bitch ran on well in defeat last time but she has an opportunity to sit right up with the pace from the outset this time and will take beating.

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