Wolfe has been dramatically slashed into 7/1 from 16/1 to land the 2019 Boylesports Irish Derby following his epic 29.22 victory.
Wolfe is now the new ante post favourite to bring the title home to Graham Holland and owner Marian Moloney with 7/4 available at BoyleSports for Holland to become the winning trainer after getting 14 of his 17 entries through to the next round.
The performance Wolfe produced on Saturday night was nothing short of sensational as he cruised around HQ effortlessly to record a time that was faster than last year’s final when Ballyanne Sim made a front-winning display in 29.28.
Ballyanne Sim (40/1) also qualified on Friday night after another consistent early pace lead but was caught in the final stages by last year’s derby finalist Jaytee Taylor in 29.72, who is unchanged at 14/1. Taylor is now the joint third favourite alongside Ballymac Cooper, impressive heat winner Ballymac Anton and likeable pup Lenson Bocko.
The other massive mover in the ante post market is Killmacdonagh who impressed when beating the boys in 29.39 by over five lengths. She burst from the traps and made all with her odds cut into 10/1 from 20/1 to become the first bitch to land the derby since 1999.
For a bitch to win the derby, the price has been trimmed into 4/1 from 5/1. Kieran Lynch has done everything right with this awesome bitch and she has derby written all over her after that terrific first round victory so it’s possible that we could see Killmacdonagh and Lynch added to the roll of honour of derby winners, with 9/1 available on Kieran to become the winning trainer.
Earlier last week we began to see money for a puppy called Deadly Dynamite, trained by Karol Ramsbottom. BoyleSports gradually cut his price into 6/4 from 5/2 and he obliged for punters after a stunning 29.59 win. His outright price has now been cut into 25/1 from 33/1 and should this progressive type keep breaking like he did on Friday, his initial price of 40/1 will prove serious value.
Another loser for the book on Friday was Toolmaker Me Dad for Robert Gleeson in what was a messy affair and unfortunately seen the elimination of the promising Burgess Bucks for Pat Buckley. Gleeson’s Toolmaker made all however and landed heat nine in the worst time of the weekend, 30.37. He was due a run and will come on from that win, but he was 5/2 earlier in the week. He was trimmed into 15/8 and then 7/4 resulting in another win for the punters.
It was great to see Pat Buckley win heat eleven with the young Run Happy in 29.50 which was somewhat of a consolation prize after his previous bad news. Run Happy lived up to his name and redeemed himself after his BoyleSports Champion Stakes defeat to Ballymac Arminta last month, where he led all the way bar the line. He won at a short price of 4/6 after showing serious early boot and is now 16/1 from 20/1 to give Buckley a second derby title.
A standout performance on Saturday night along with Wolfe, Killmacdonagh, Lenson Bocko and Magical Bale, came from Produce Stakes winner Grangeview Ten. He landed heat 21 in 29.59 at a nice price of 5/1 with the awesome Lenson Blinder in second. Grangeview is another star for the Patrick Guilfoyle kennel with his odds now into 20/1 from 25/1. His sectional to the third bend was the fastest of the first round as he recorded 17.04, faster than Wolfe’s who done 17.07
Sarah Kinsella, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “Friday night’s first round heats were not as bad for us as anticipated after odds-on shots Ballymac Cooper and Ballymac Arminta failed to win. Saturday night however saw seven favourites oblige including the popular Wolfe, Killmacdonagh, Magical Bale and Lenson Bocko. We had to cut Wolfe into 7/1 from 16/1 following his 29.22 win, making him the new ante post favourite in what has proved to be an incredibly hot and exciting Derby”.