The recent Champion Stakes winner Droopys Jet really brought the first session of the Ladbrokes Irish Derby to life at Shelbourne Park last night when he was a hugely impressive winner of heat 5 in 29.52.
It was a particularly strong run from Fraser Black’s dog in which, admittedly, he looked nailed-on and was priced at 2/5. He flew from the inside trap and led up from Allen Master. The further he went the further he pulled clear and, at the line, he had seven lengths in hand of Allen Master, with Ruthless Man three and a half lengths third.
There was another spectacular run from Rachel Wheeler’s Camas Crash as he won heat 5 in 29.56. He was led to the bend by Toms Brett, but took it up on the corner and quickly drew clear. He pulled right away and had seven lengths in hand at the line. Droopys Cain lost his position to the bend and ran on like a train to take second.
The night opened with Conor Fahy’s bitch Tyrur Monica riding a bump on the opening bend to pursue Lahern Dancer into the back. She bravely came back to challenge at the third bend and took it up off the final bend before winning by three and a half lengths from Lahern in 30.12, with Fairway Fusion a head third.
Fahy completed a double when Tyrur Justin showed a return to something like last year’s form when leading all the way. He was joined by Jimmys Boy around the bottom bends but pulled out again and then held the late run of Sawdust Terry by a neck in 30.14.
Owen McKenna’s strongly fancied Camas duly did the honours in heat 2 but didn’t come away well and had plenty to do. Lisnakill Jack led up but was headed on the bend by Danmar Benny. Camas was second into the back and closed rapidly down the back. He took it up from Danmar Benny off the last bend and won by a length and a half in 29.86.
Larry Dunne’s Climb A Tree sprang a surprise when coming into heat 4 as a reserve and leading all the way for a three and a half length verdict over Robbiesgoneagain in 30.22 with Tyrur Thomas a half length third.
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