Isabels Boy in hot pursuit of Derby glory
Isabels Boy has an excellent chance of making the €120,000 ETS Irish Derby final at Shelbourne Park for Lurgan trainer Gary Silcock and Co Down owner Tricia Magennis.
The black dog, following a front-running performance which saw him win his quarter-final on Saturday night, has drawn box one in the first semi-final next Saturday.
A natural fast-trapper, Boy should hit the opening turn in front and, as in his previous run, can hold his rivals at bay.
In that latest effort, Isabels broke in front and did well to survive crowding at the first bend where he had his back legs clipped but he kicked on, eventually holding Melodys Diamond by a neck in 30.03 with the bitch Borna Gem in third while the fancied Droopys Jet made his exit.
The most impressive quarter-final winner was Kereight King – part owned by champion jockey Tony McCoy – who flew round in 29.53, beating Tyrur Sugar Ray by two lengths.
Meanwhile the Toals Bookmakers Northern Irish Derby, with 24 competitors, gets under way on Saturday, September 21 and will see the winner collect £6,000 with the runner-up £1,400, third £700 and unplaced finalists £400 each.
Star of yesterday's racing at Drumbo was Cons Lady, Paddy McKenna's black bitch making it five wins on the bounce in sprints.
Lady clocked the best time of her career (17.87) with a four lengths success from Kincraig Rory.
There were also wins for Discression, Glenvale Alfie, Fluff The Intro, Says You Sally, Edels Ace, Clondoty Leona, Go Marcus Go, Quarterland Odds and Kilree Rumble.
Irish Derby first semi-final: Isabels Boy, Droopys Adler, Carrowgarriff, Tyrur Sugar Ray, Hawaii Kinsale, Slippery Robert.
Second semi-final: Ballymac Vic, Melodys Diamond, Borna Gem, Kereight King, Slippery Sooty, Cabra Buck.