Jet power can propel him into the Derby decider
JAYTEE JET can maintain his record of winning alternate rounds in the competition by proving too strong for his rivals in the second semi-final of the William Hill Derby over 480m at Wimbledon tonight (9.24, live on Sky Sports 3).
Paul Hennessy’s dog is the only wide seed remaining but, more importantly than that guaranteeing him trap six, it is the absence of fast-up rivals seeking the same ground on the run to the bend which really boosts his claims.
Hiya Butt, the revelation of the competition, may well again race clear of him as in the quarters on Tuesday, but Jaytee Jet can turn in a less remote position this time. If he does his power from halfway can take him to the front before, rather than just after, the winning line this time.
Ballymac Brogan will look to edge inside from five and Shaneboy Freddie more markedly from four, which suggests Droopys Roddick could be short of racing room early especially if Jaytee Dutch again loses his bearings at the bend. Nevertheless the Puppy Derby champion keeps finding a way to qualify and can achieve the feat again when it matters most.
Hiya Butt notwithstanding, there is probably more searing early pace in the opening semi at 9.08, which could be a race won from the front as a result.
That is not to dismiss the claims of Cloran Paddy, who has shown how strong he is all-round, but unlike in the quarters he may have to pass the whole field to take the spoils. While not impossible, it will be some task.
With Lenson Rocky in one likely to move middle there could be a squeeze on the inside, and Southfield Jock and Bubbly Turbo can capitalise by using their initial speed to race clear.
Preference in terms of winning is for the Seamus Cahill-trained Southfield Jock by virtue of him being drawn inside his middle-seeded rival, meaning Bubbly Turbo will have to fully clear him to be able to cut across to the inside at the turn.
Lenson Rocky can force himself round in a qualifying position and hold it, while Cloran Paddy’s strength in the second part of the contest can also see him book a place in next week’s £150,000 decider.
The supporting William Hill Derby Plate is a hugely-competitive affair, particularly the first of the 480m heats at 8.16 where a perceived poor draw means there could be some value to be had with Monmore Puppy Derby winner Castell Henry.
Phil Simmonds’ charge goes from three and will look to cut across, but his passage may be aided by Kentish Duke in two squeezing Clondoty Alex on the rails straight out of the traps.
A first-round Derby heat scorer, Castell Henry then ran behind two subsequent semi-finalists in Bubbly Turbo and Ballymac Brogan and should find this less frenetic.
Tony Collett’s Lenson Santi achieved what might have been thought impossible by leading, albeit by the minutest of margins, Hiya Butt over the winning line first time in the Derby third round. A similar display of early would serve him well in heat two at 8.33.
This looks a race which is his for the leading and he can quickly build a winning advantage.
Heat three at 8.51 can go to Charlie Lister’s Stay Loose, who is drawn the right side of speedy kennelmate Blakes Turbo and ran really in defeat in the first couple of rounds of the Derby before being squeezed out at the first bend behind a brilliant Jaytee Jet in the third.
The Wimbledon open action begins pre-Sky Sports’ coverage with three heats of the William Hill Champion Hurdle over 480m, with the big two ante-post guns, Razldazl Raidio and Ballymac Manix, expected to make it safely through.
Razldazl Raidio is first to go in the opener at 7.26 and Rick Holloway’s track record-holder should soon be in control, with Bigwood Max capable of holding off strong-running Brinkleysdominic for the second qualifying position.
Seamus Cahill’s Ballymac Manix proved Razldazl Raidio’s nemesis in the Springbok final and again came out comprehensively on top when the pair clashed again at Hove on Regency final night earlier this month. He is an uncomplicated away-and-gone hurdler when on song and can beat old rivals Ballymac Loch and Kakantu in heat two at 7.43.
A measure of the quality of the 2016 Springbok crop headed by Ballymac Manix and Razldazl Raidio is that the third heat (7.59) rematch of the first three home in last year’s Grand National – Mo’s Bullet, Julius George and Soviet Jackson – with 2015 Springbok champ Reculver Ozzie also in the mix looks comfortably the weakest of the eliminators.
Preference on this occasion is for the John Mullins-trained Soviet Jackson, who proved his wellbeing with a Romford win last week although the presence of speedy Bubbly Ninja on his immediate inside is a minor concern.
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