Ian Fortune

Ballinabola Jake remains the one to beat in the Elite Black @ Stud May Unraced at Enniscorthy and has the draw to continue his winning ways in tonight’s opening semi-final.

Drawn on the fence, the son of Glengar Bale and Ballinabola Evie remains unbeaten after two starts and has shown huge promise in both outings. His fastest run came on debut when scoring in 28.95, while he overcame a little early crowding to win in 29.04 last week.

With a slick exit from an ideal draw on the fence this evening, he could go considerably faster. Certainly, it would be a surprise if he didn’t come home in front. Of his rivals, none can match him on the clock but a few remain open to improvement. Mini Skinny can really fly into the turn and is possibly the biggest threat to the selection, although Zippy Snap and Blackhill Jack are both capable of making the frame.


The second heat is a far more open affair. Ashwood News is likely to start favourite but he will need to trap a little better than seven days ago. He clocked a good 29.11 in the opening round before getting up late to win in 29.33 last week.

It would be no surprise to see him posting 29.00 or faster this evening and that could see him come home in front at the expense of Mikes Bono, Fairly Giddy and Zaconey Adonis.