Bess and Dream can shine at Newbridge
Racing on St Patrick's Day is a big part of the festival weekend and there are six meetings scheduled for this evening.
The top attraction will be at Newbridge where the semi-finals of the Red Mills/ NTSC Bitch Unraced will be run.
These young bitches are still finding their feet in the racing world and tonight will represent the third time that they have competed in public.
No doubt new stars will emerge but the two fancies for the heats are Moanteen Bess and Marians Dream.
The Brendan Frayne-owned and trained Marians Dream is the only unbeaten greyhound in the stake, and the daughter of Head Bound and Southest Suzie has the draw in her favour in a tough second heat.
Marians Dream has won in 28.97 and 28.74 in the opening rounds and early pace has been her strong suit.
Paddy Kehoe's Forest Melanie actually went four spots faster last week, while Pat Dalton's Flying Flyer will be motoring home. The red jacket may swing it for Marians.
Rachel Wheeler has Moanteen Bess in the first heat and this daughter of Ballymac Vic and Pots And Pans was an all-the-way winner of her second round heat. Her early split times have been impressive and she can clear the bend.
The Marie Gilbert-trained Milldean Marie is also drawn to run a big race but the main danger may be Pat O'Brien's Peregrine Cola, which ran on with real gusto behind Forest Melanie last week and looks a real improver.
The other big meeting is at Kilkenny where the entire first round of the Frightful Flash Kennels McCalmont Cup will be run.
Brian Hickey's Kilkenny Desmond ran up a sequence of victories at Shelbourne and can lead home Dromscarra Ruby in the first heat, while Liam Dowling's Ballymac Scala can defy her lack of a previous run around the track by winning the second heat.
Kilkenny Master and Michelito can dominate Heat 3, while Brian Divilly's Crafty Trivago will take stopping in Heat 4 on her excellent Clonmel running.
Francie Murray's Old Fort Mill is capable of a flying start and could well lead all the way in Heat 5, while Bar The Sizzler can oblige in Heat 6.