Cable Bay is added to International line-up
The fourth place in the Marshes Shopping Centre International at Dundalk has been filled, with the Brendan Matthews-owned and trained Cable Bay being added to the three names already confirmed by the track management.
Newry-based Cable Bay staked his claim for inclusion in this €20,000 Invitation when winning the €80,000 Kirby Memorial at Limerick back in April and he gave proof of his well-being when winning the Consolation Gain 600 at Shelbourne on Saturday.
On that occasion, he clocked 32.76 for the 600 yards but broke slowly, rode a first-bend bump and then finished powerfully to collar Tyrur Hagler in virtually the final stride.
The situation with the 550 yards Invitation is that the four confirmed starters are UK runners Making Paper and Swift Keith and Irish runners Ballymac Matt and Cable Bay. A decision is awaited from the connections of Irish Independent Laurels winner Midtown Raffa, while the other entries are the Pat Buckley trio of Paradise Silva, Lenson Sanchez and Paradise Maverik as well as Pat Gordon's Skywalker Farloe and Francie Murray's Fair Taxes.
This evening's Shelbourne card includes a number of very interesting puppies, both raced and unraced.
A young dog that has made a big impression in early races is Rabbini (8.58) which is trained by Barney Mooney for Lucan publican Hugh Courtney. He displayed big pace last week when winning an A4 contest in 29.02 and should be well capable of coping with a rise to A2 company this evening.
Meanwhile, there is a very interesting competition at Enniscorthy in the form of the Roban Financial Open Unraced with the four second round heats down for decision. The two fastest first round winners were Pat Gordon's Alien Ticker (8.00) and Ursula Neville's Whitefort Mickey and they clash in the first heat.
Alien Ticker made a big first round impact when riding a bump on his way to victory and he may prevail here, while Ballinclare Earl (8.15), Danceiabri (8.30) and Clover Storm Clover Storm (8.45) could also be worth following.
There will be no racing at Drumbo Park on Friday, July 10 or Saturday, July 11 due to the July Holidays. Racing will resume on Friday, July 17, while the Racing Office will be closed from Wednesday, July 8 until re-opening on Tuesday, July 14.
Owners and trainers are reminded to take the ID books of any greyhound that may be running at another venue over the holidays as the Racing Office will be closed for this period.