Droopys Jet ready for Irish Derby takeoff

Fresh from his brilliant victory in the Champion Stakes just 11 days ago, Droopys Jet is set to provide a high-profile start to the Ladbrokes Irish Derby at Shelbourne Park tonight.

Fraser Black reports the Jet to be in great form after “just ticking over” since the Champion final and he will be one of the shortest priced favourites of the round in Heat 5 this evening. A trap one draw is absolutely ideal and he should have too much early pace for Ruthless Man and Allen Master.

Another Droopys, the John Linehan trained Cain, will be all the rage in Heat 6, but he is returning from injury and has a bad draw in four. He loves the inside and, while I believe he is probably the fastest greyhound in Ireland, he wouldn’t want to give Rachel Wheeler’s Camas Crash too much leeway.

Bet of the evening could be Owen McKenna’s Camas Crash in Heat 2 and he looks generous at the 15-8 being offered by Ladbrokes. The one worry is that Pat Buckley’s Slick Seattle would produce one of those massive runs of which he is capable.

Buckley has a possible winner of the first heat in Paradise Martini but he will need to improve on his starting with Lolos Joe and Tyrur Monica among the rivals. Similarly, Tyrur Justin is not a convincing favourite for Heat 3 in light of his recent running and either Smooth Daddy or Jimmy Boy could be better propositions.

Most open race of the evening is Heat 4, where Robbiesgoneagain must perform better than he did last weekend. An Tochar Master may be a better option.

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