Ian Fortune

Shelbourne Park hosts a twelve-race card this evening with plenty of variety on offer including two valuable finals over the criminally underused 600yd distance. There are also races over the sprint trip, over six bends and 550yds, providing punters with many options.


With a winner’s purse of €3,000, the final of the This Runs Deep Tri-distance is the feature and Old Tricks can emerge as the one to beat. He set the standard over the 550yds trip in the opening round before following up last week over 575yds.

Despite a tardy exit, he improved his position to lead into the third turn. With a better start this evening, Reggie Roberts’ promising son of Droopys Sydney could potentially seize control before the opening bend.

In such circumstances, he would be difficult to pass. That’s not to say he is a certainty. Mantlehill will go up fast on the outside of the track, while Russmur Shane is also likely to go up well. Tracker Jack is also likely to race prominently. Were any of that trio get loose, it would make life difficult for Old Tricks.

It would also potentially open the door for one of the big finishers, Kilcolgancatchme and Four Porters. It has the potential to turn into a really exciting contest but Old Tricks remains the one to beat and he is selected to come home in front of Four Porters.


The final of the Talking Dogs A0/A1 Dual Distance is even more competitive. Dapper Rupert and Fleadh Rileigh came home alone in their respective heats, while Dapper Zara and Robbies Galaxy shared the honours in the third semi.

All four went fast and each have obvious claims. Throw in the strong running Pot Of Gold and the very useful Velvet Jenny and it really does look a wide-open affair. The pin fell on Dapper Rupert given the fact that he went fastest last week with a 31.06 return over the 575yd trip. If he repeats that level of form, h could gain take some stopping.

Robbies Galaxy really flew home last week to join Dapper Zara on the line. He is certain to appreciate the extra twenty-five yards this evening and can emerge as the closest rival to Dapper Rupert, although each of the remaining four are greatly respected.