Quail Hollow can repeat victory at the €20,000 Boylesports International
With no racing at Drumbo this week, focus of attention switches to Dundalk and the €20,000 Boylesports International on Friday night.
The six invited runners have been confirmed as Farloe Trent, Priceless Sky, Quail Hollow, Roxholme Bully, Sawpit Sensation and Screen Critic.
Quail Hollow, handled by Mullingar's Francie Murray, aims to win for the second successive year while English Derby finalist Screen Critic, formerly with Hillsborough's Ronnie McKeown and who was beaten on his last Drumbo appearance, should be suited by the long back-straight and distance of 550 yards.
Paul Hennessey's Priceless Sky was the first Irish runner to be accepted and is joined by Owen McKenna's exciting youngster Roxholme Bully who clocked the fastest time in 525 trials for the Irish representatives (28.24). Priceless did 28.32 and Quail Hollow 28.48. Pat Buckley's Farloe Trent went round the 550 circuit in 30.11.
Roxholme, winner of Limerick's €80,000Kirby Memorial, is a 29.48 Shelbourne winner and already, is joint-favourite for the Irish Derby.
On the local front, the Toals Northern Irish Derby at Drumbo has been put back a week and won't start until Septebmer 27 to avoid a clash with the final of the big one on Saturday the 21st.
Michael Agnew's Ballymena bitch Miss Orla showed continued progress with a superb show on Saturday night. Fast out of traps, she put the race to bed with a five and a half lengths success from favourite Tang Mark One.