The 2018 Star Sports English Derby has been a long-standing target for Jaytee Yankee and he takes the first steps at Shelbourne this evening when he opens his 2018 campaign in the concluding BoyleSports Getting Out 550.

With the English Derby starting early this year due to the World Cup, the classic will come up very quickly in the season. The first round is due to commence on May 3rd with the final on Saturday, June 2nd.

Paul Hennessy is planning on running Jaytee Yankee in the Best Car Parks Gold Cup next weekend so one presumes he is near race fitness. The winner of the BoyleSports Champion Stakes last year runs well from the middle traps but his biggest task could be clearing Madabout Eoghan on the run to the bend. Jaytee’s class should prevail. 

Others worth noting on a good card at Shelbourne are Shaneboy Denzel (10.12), Potman (9.42) Barefoot Banker (9.27) and Ahavoher Beauty (8.42).