Badminton Maid to serve up tasty Oaks dish
Published 23/10/2015 | 02:30
It has been a great year for our female racers with Ballydoyle Honey proving herself to be a special greyhound, but a whole host of bitches are vying for the 'best of the rest' title.
The winner of tonight's Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Oaks final at Newbridge could assume a prominent position in the rankings.
The owner/trainer combination of David McGrath and Donal Murphy will have a double interest in the outcome.
Their runner Badminton Maid has drawn the crucial red jacket and that will see her vie for favouritism in this €4,500-to-the-winner contest.
They also were responsible for Skywalker Rossa - when she was known as Badminton Rossa prior to being sold on to Ray Patterson.
The two bitches are sure to be among the main players in the final, with Robert Gleeson's Slippery Hanna the other contender in the betting lists.
Last week Badminton Maid (9.30) was beaten two and a half lengths by Slippery Hanna in the semi and the latter is running as well as at any stage of her career.
Hanna is in two and the buckle to the bend could be a thriller. Canal View Jenny and Jeanettedollemma will also be moving up strongly but Skywalker Rossa is the big threat to the inside pair.
While Imaal Surprize is in there with prospects, it is very difficult to look past the big three and the draw influences the decision for Badminton Maid to lead home Slippery Hanna and Skywalker Rossa.
Youghal's big night
This is one of the big nights of the year at Youghal where, along with the finals of the Rising Unraced and the Business Scholar Southern Sprint they stage a 'Halloween Spooktacular' with all sorts of attractions and goodies. It all kicks off at 8.03.
First up will be the final of the Rising Unraced and this has the appearances of a match between Mustang Unruly and Hegotgears (8.48). The latter, trained by Rachel Wheeler, prevailed by half a length in their semi-final clash and if he makes a similar start here then he will be halfway to victory.
The Business Scholar Southern Sprint is very open but the lightly raced, Peter Cronin-trained Dungill Rocket (9.33) has explosive pace and if he can make a reasonable start then he can claim the €2,000 prize.
Another occasion worth a mention is tonight's Longford card, where the final of the Michael McPhillips Memorial A6 will be run.
A large attendance is expected.
On form in the stake there should be little between Suirview Dan and Robert Gleeson's Barnane Panther (9.24) and the latter gets the vote.