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THOSE that took the view that Domino Storm is something of a one trick pony were forced to revise their perception of last year’s Oaks winner after she proved in the first round of the William Hill Derby that not only does she possess race-winning early pace but also the ability and a will to come from behind.

The Oaks winner registered her seventh straight success on Saturday with a strong-running performance that left her rivals unable to respond as she kicked-on close home to win by a shade under three lengths in 28.38sec (0.10sec fast).

Domino Storm hasn’t fared too badly in the draw for the second round. She goes from trap two in the very first heat on Thursday. There is the potential of a knock from Droopys Astorish (trap three) at the start but if avoiding that, she is expected to cruise through at the chief expense of Queen Asia and Teds Last.

Queen Asia (trap five) ran a cracker when caught close home by the highly regarded Droopys Latina at the first round stage. That was her first competitive outing for a month and she can be expected to improve, whilst Teds Last (trap six) should stay on for third.

The first three in all 16 second round heats qualify for the third round on Saturday week. Here’s how the action may unfold.

Thursday

Heat 1 - AS discussed above. Domino Storm can continue her tremendous run by registering her eight consecutive success.

Heat 2 - A good race which will may ultimately go to Droopys Roddick but not without a few challenges along the way. All six runners were beaten in the first round but all ran well. The early-paced California, now a wide seed, and Do It For Twiggy shape as the other qualifiers.

Heat 3 - Bockos Bolasie and Yasso Martin both caught the eye in the first round with preference for the latter here. Bockos Bolasie may have problems clearing You Never Listen on his inside but Yasso Martin, who is expected to improve, could get a clear path on the outside.

Heat 4: Fizzypop Buddy could not have been more impressive in the first round and can go a step close to an unprecedented St Leger-Derby double. Holdem Chico and Kentish Man are also players. The latter gave the highly-regarded Jaytee Jet something to think about at the opening stage.

Heat 5 - Irish Derby finalist Peregrine Falcon performed well at the first round stage and can be expected to build on that performance. There was a lot to like about Viking Jack last time and he merits the utmost respect given that he reached the semi-finals last year.

Heat 6 - Eden The Kid looked really good last time and wouldn’t have to improve to win this. Ballymac Brogan didn’t get the clearest of runs in the heats and is much better than that. Cloran Paddy ran in a four-runner qualifier last time but impressed with his pace second to third.

Heat 7 - This could be one of the heats of the round. Jaytee Dutch and Making Paper could be the main players but there was plenty to like about Crossfield Molly in the first round. I take Jaytee Dutch just to shade it but it could be close.

Heat 8 - Swift Whirlwind won by seven lengths at the first round stage and as the only wide in the line-up catches the eye. Droopys Turin just failed in one of the closest finishes at the opening stage and looks the forecast link.

 

Saturday

Heat 9 - This could be a great race. Southfield Jock was simply brilliant in the first round but will have to be so again against the likes of Shaneboy Freddie and Double Oh Seven. Starring Strom stayed on really well to land his qualifier and could also figure.

Heat 10 - Another cracking race with a lovely mix of initial pace and stamina. Blue Cafu is probably the best of the early speed. Castell Henry possesses a potent blend of pace and stamina, whilst Deanridge Pennys and Garryglas Droopy can provide the finishing speed.

Heat 11 – This could develop into a smashing buckle between Hiya Butt and Face The Blade. Both showed tremendous speed in the first round and have their respective draws in traps one and six. I favour Hiya Butt who has the early pace to lead.

Heat 12 – The defection of Bramble Magpie has opened this up a little and the choice just has to be Calzaghe Billy in trap one. He was having his first race for connections when winning his heat last week and can only improve. Old Joe Golden and Dorotas Tiger are fancied for the minors.

 

Heat 13 – An absolute cracker. I think the draw in trap one gives Roxholme Barkley the edge. Ballymac Matt, last year’s Irish Derby winner, and Droopys Latina are both expected to improve but Roxholme Barkely could prove an extremely tough nut to crack.

Heat 14 – Boyneside Fund got up close home to win at the first round stage and looks the best in an extremely competitive heat. He should enjoy a clearer run than the others as the only side seed and gets the nod over Blakes Turbo, his kennel mate, and Deanridge Angel.

Heat 15 – Jaytee Spartacus couldn’t have been more impressive than when landing his first round heat. Another slick start here should set him up nicely for another bold showing. Lenson Panda was top drawer in Ireland and can come on for his run last week.

Heat 16 – Look no further than Jaytee Jet in this five-runner contest. Ireland’s Easter Cup winner will have benefitted from his run last week and he can take advantage of a favourable draw. Lenson Sanchez finished behind Jaytee Jet in his last couple of starts in Ireland and may have to settle to that position again.