Jet powers towards crack at Ulster's richest ever race
Published 16/05/2011 | 12:03
National and Drumbo track record holder Leeview Jet is on target for Ulster's richest ever race, the £25,000 Bettor.com Northern Irish Derby, after a tremendous win in the Larry Dunne Open 525 final at Shelbourne Park.
The black dog - trained by Graham Holland - clocked an incredible 27.88 seconds over 525 yards at Drumbo back in October when taking the Tennent's Gold Cup and bounced back to top form at the Ringsend venue, beating Cian Abbey by two and a half lengths in 28.44 on Saturday night.
Leeview's early pace saw him lead all the way and reverse previous heat defeats by Abbey and the disappointing favourite Tubbertelly Dubh.
Abbey is a confirmed entry along with Quick Lee in Drumbo's Bettor.com Derby - worth £25,000 to the winner and broadcast live on Sky Sports - on Saturday, June 25.
Lee was recently runner-up to the impressive Razadazl Jayfkay who opened his English Derby campaign at Wimbledon on Friday night with a fastest of the night first round win.
Drumbo racing manager John Paul Connor said: "Already the quality of the dogs is first class.
"Some leading trainers have put a few round in trials and they will be getting back to me.
"There is every chance that Leeview will return after his brilliant success here while hopefully Tubbertelly will also run which would be a massive coup for us."
Entries close on May 31 with the first round starting on Saturday, June 4 and the final being one of eight feature races to shown live on Sky Sports 4 on June 25.
Jayne Clarke, of Bettor.com, added: "Everyone seems very excited that we've brought something new to Northern Ireland."