THERE’S just over three weeks to the start of the 2010 Ladbrokes.com Derby and a number of potential challengers flexed their muscles at Shelbourne Park on Saturday, although few impressed quite like Barefoot Bullet and Farley Blitz as they took the two feature races.
Paul Hennessy’s Barefoot Bullet had impressed in the semi final of the ECC Timber Open 525, but his victory in Saturday’s decider was even more emphatic as he posted a wonderful 28.44.
The contest had been reduced to five runners in the absence of Fatboyz Tyson, who runs at Dundalk tonight, and this certainly worked in favour of the favourite.
Instead Oran Classic emerged as his main threat after leading around the turn.
Barefoot Bullet was too good for his rival however and his superior power from the second turn proved decisive.
Hitting the front at the third turn he pulled right away to score in easy fashion. There was bumping behind the new leader and this allowed Barefoot Bullet to take the verdict by eleven lengths.
Former British based tracker Farley Blitz gave a clear indication that he could be a major Derby player in the final of the Tyrur Rhino Open 550.
The hugely fast son of Hondo Black faced a favourable draw on the fence, but few could have expected him to flash from traps. Once doing so he always had the measure of his rivals.
Razldazl Lord was the main threat throughout, but once failing to lead Farley Blitz to the turn he was never going to get back on terms.
Razldazl Lord ran well to stay in touch with the leader down the back, but Farley Blitz eased away from his rival in the latter stages to eventually hit the line four lengths clear in a very useful 29.79.
On the undercard Dolores Ruth had a night to remember as she recorded a wonderful hat trick. Local Flawless initiated the treble in a semi final of an A1 550, hitting the front at the third turn before running clear of a decent field to stop the clock in 29.97. The other heat was won by Conor Fahy’s Tyrur Nama in 30.24.
The Ruth treble was then sealed by the siblings Cartiers Dazzle and Razldazl Zamba, members of the Razldazl Billy/Razldazl Pearl litter.
Cartiers Dazzle shot from traps in an open 525 and held the persistent challenge of Joey Jojo Junior by a length in 28.79. In the following race, an open 575, Razldazl Zamba pulled away from the third bend to beat Tyrur Valdez by five lengths in 31.25.
Thurles and Kilkenny tracks were badly hit by the torrential rains over the weekend. At Thurles the last four races on Friday night and then the entire Saturday night card were lost.
The six second round heats of the Thurles Fresh Milk Tipperary Cup will be run tonight (Monday) along with the four GOBA heats which were not run on Friday. The four graded races not run on Saturday will now go ahead next Friday. The third round of the Tipperary Cup will be run next Saturday as planned. By the way, the final of the Tipperary Cup will be run on Sunday, August 1st.
Kilkenny lost their Friday meeting due to flooding and the card will be run next Friday. This means that all competitions have been put back by a week with the second round of the Paddy Butler Memorial Stake now to be run on Wednesday of next week.
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