The St Patrick’s Day Derby is a charity flat race, over one mile and five furlongs in aid of Cancer Research UK. It’s off at 5.15pm. The 12 amateur jockeys selected from almost 100 applications include the daughter of legendary trainer Ginger McCain and London Olympic Games hopeful Tina Cook. Wendy Normile, from Coolmore Stud, is one of the riders representing Ireland and Opera singer Shân Cothi will be flying the flag for Wales.
Here’s the runners..
Pascha Bere – Seasoned campaigner for Nick Gifford, in decent form this season, good run two runs back behind Ted Spread, repeat of that gives a big shout. Will be ridden by the late Josh Gifford’s daughter Tina.
Akiem – Not been seen on track since well beaten in a maiden hurdle at Stratford back in October, hard to have on recent form.
Crunched – Good winner on the AW at Lingfield last day, will have ex Jockey Niall Hannity (RUK presenter) on board.
Kykate – Disappointing run the last day at Market Rasen, 1m 5f around here on goodish ground not ideal.
Langley – All best form of late been on heavy ground, beat last day at Sedgefield when well fancied following food win at Folkestone.
Loden – Formerly trained on the flat by Luca Cumani now in the hands of Donald McCain, does have good from on good ground but form of late been uninspiring.
Not So Sure Dick – Will be ridden by trainer George Bakers wife Candida, last 2 runs has had to chase Hunt Ball home, would prefer futher.
On Khee – Beat in to 2nd last day at Plumpton when well fancied on only 2nd run for David Pipe, should go well here for Gina Bryce.
Pillar Of Hercules – Well beat in a claiming hurdle when last seen back in November, will struggle here.
Prince Of Fire – Trained by Charlie Swan for JP McManus, had a few spins on the flat at Dundalk since the turn of the year so will strip fit here, big chance.
The Baler – More accustomed to be jumping fences over 3m, could be up against it here, but will be assisted by Niall Cronin from the Evening Herald who has won the Charity Race at the last 2 Punchestown Festivals.
Wild Desert – Trained by the in form Charlie Longsdon, been running on the AW all winter so fitness won’t be an issue.