Some like it hot but Ruth star clearly on song with wet, wet, wet…
THEY have exhausted the superlatives following the performance of Razldazl George in the third and final batch of heats in the Ladbrokes-sponsored Irish Derby first round over 550 yards at Shelbourne on Saturday.
Following heavy rain throughout the afternoon and early evening in Dublin the going was rated .30sec. slow – and that seemed rather conservative – but that no winner from the eleven other heats broke the 30 seconds barrier is testamant to the outstanding performance of Razldazl George.
Dolores Ruth’s dog clocked a calculated 29.58sec. when skating up by 11 lengths from Soviet Marco while the next best time of the night was the 29.89sec. (again calculated) by Tyrur Lucky from the PJ Fahy camp, and he wasn’t exactly stopping either in slamming Maggies Whistle by seven lengths.
“It was a fantastic performance, the Razldazl dog came out running and took off, brilliant, absolutely brilliant,” raved Paul Hennessy, who didn’t have a bad night himself, sending out three heat winners, a feat matched by the Tyrur dogs for Fahy.
“Considering that the rain spilled down all day long it was a remarkable performance, and fair play to the trackstaff, the track was fine and perfectly safe,” added Hennnessy, who takes seven from an original Derby entry of a dozen into this week’s second round.
“So there is still plenty of running to be done,” Hennessy continued, “there are a lot of very good dogs in what is a very good, competitive Derby. I was pleased with Barefoot Bullet’s win, this is the fourth Derby he’s contested, two English, two Irish, and I wasn’t disappointed with his time.”
The Bullet clocked a calculated 30.31sec. in the last heat of the round and on a pitch which appeared to slow as the meeting progressed if, that is, you ignore the impossible to ignore Razldazl George in what was the penultimate heat of the night!
Hennessy’s other winners were Colorful Champ and Hello Ringo while Fahy’s hat-trick was completed by the Tyrur’s Monica and defending champion Tyrur McGuigan.
British-trained dogs continued their progress in the competition when Pennys Viking qualified for Dean Childs in third behind Tyrur Monica and follows Nick Savva’s Droopys Greg and Westmead Maldini, and Seamus Cahill’s Droopys Oscar, into round two.
Speaking to Hennessy you get the impression that he is sweet about the chances of the former Brian Clemenson-trained Droopys Comedian. “He’s a decent dog and whatever happens to him in the Derby he’ll be going back to Brian straight after the competition,” Hennessy said.
Droopys Greg will be the first to go for Britain in round two, he runs from trap six in heat four on Thursday while kennelmate Maldini wears the white coat in heat 11 on Saturday.
Droopys Oscar has an awkward trap four draw in heat seven on Thursday and will need to be at his best against the perfectly drawn trap six runner, Tyrur Lucky.
It will be an agonising wait for Childs, whose Pennys Viking runs in the very last heat of the round at the weekend when his opponents will include Tyrur McGuigan, who more than punched his weight in the opening round.
Razldazl Jayfkay, also trained by Miss Ruth, takes on Barefoot Bullet on Saturday while the trainer will be praying the heavens open again on Thursday for the absolutely brilliant Razldazl George.
The Ruth dogs are running out their skin, of her seven entries in the Derby six have gone through. “And all six are out of Razldazl Pearl and I wonder if one dam has ever had six runners in an Irish Derby second round before?” she pondered.
“All the dogs are in great form and my own dogs are my biggest dangers,” she continued. “I’m never over-confident but am full of confidence!”
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