Amy has room to reap rewards in Corn semi
With main rivals Tradition and Kilcrea Hawk absentees, the Brendan Maunsell-trained Fire Height Amy looks banker material in the four-runner first semi-final of the Gain Corn Cuchulainn at Harold's Cross this evening.
Tradition was due to race from trap two but that box is now vacant while Kilcrea Hawk's four box will also be free. So Fire Height Amy will have plenty of room on the inside. She is capable of grabbing the early lead but is likely to be accompanied by Karlow Master in the early stages. Shaneboy Sue will be doing her best late but it will be difficult to beat Fire Height Amy (9.10).
The second heat looks more competitive but my long-range fancy Ballymac Bonnie (9.25) is in here and Liam Dowling's bitch will be finishing stronger than anything. Trouble with her is that she would find problems in a two-dog race but she is due a relatively clear run and may pounce late to take the honours.
Razldazl Rubin and Strong Backs are good early pacers while Whaoo Wheoo has the draw to play a major role. Rubin will take beating but Ballymac looks the one.
Dude in rematch
The sprinters return to Dundalk this evening for the second round of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup and some intriguing clashes are in prospect. The opening heat could well be the night's highlight with the rematch between Amazing Dude and Dungill Rocket while fast heat winner Trinity Forest is also very much in the reckoning.
Last week Peter Cronin's Dungill Rocket dashed into a clear lead while Amazing Dude (8.20) totally missed the kick. Graham Holland's dog finished with a huge rush but failed by a neck to overhaul the leader. The Dude is capable of a fast start and can be up there early to beat Dungill and Trinity Forest.
Cronin, who won the event last year with Crokers Champ, has huge prospects this year also with Tynwald Bish (9.35) and, following his 21.21 run last week, he looks banker material to win Heat 5 from Knocktoo Garry.
Murt Leahy's BIF Produce Stakes winner Ballybough Mondo (10.20) was very unlucky last week and ran extremely well in defeat. He can lead home Shutthe Backdoor and Crown Champ in the final heat.
This is a very busy night on the tracks and at Thurles the semi-finals of the Thurles Fresh Milk Tipperary Cup will be run. The first heat looks the big one and Liam Dwan's Boherna Pedro (9.47) may retain his unbeaten record in the competition while Peter Cronin's Tynwald Rodney (10.02) may take the other heat.
Also on the agenda are the semis of the FFK Southern Oaks at Youghal and of the Flaherty Markets Corrib Plate at Galway.