Clares can rocket to Kirby final victory
The fourth annual Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake will reach a conclusion at Limerick this evening and there could be huge scenes of celebration if Clares Rocket justifies local confidence by winning the €80,000 first prize.
Owned by the Full House Syndicate headed by Joe Cahill, Clares Rocket (9.53) has been trained by Graham Holland to complete a hugely impressive unbeaten path to the final and he has been quoted as a best-price 8/13 favourite by the firms and that price appears to be about right.
The two obvious threats are Pat Buckley's Droopys Roddick and Edel Twomey's smashing female Witches Belle. They have been virtually foot-perfect in the competition but haven't the early pace to match Clares Rocket in the early stages.
One can never be too dogmatic about major finals but Clares Rocket is confidently selected to lead home from Droopys Roddick and Witches Belle.
There will be a mini Irish invasion of Shawfield Stadium in Glasgow tonight for the final of the RPGTV Scottish Derby in support of the Irish-trained duo of Leave At Dawn and Fair Taxes as well as part-Irish owned Ballymac Matt, which will be bidding for the Irish-Scottish Derby double.
All three have live chances of landing this prize but the obvious choice is Ballymac Matt (9.24) which goes from trap one and can provide Liam and Helen Dowling with another great Derby victory.
Tomorrow afternoon the final of the Gain Dog Food Irish Cesarewitch will be run at Mullingar with the first race going off at 3.18. The clear favourite here will be the Pat Buckley-trained Paradise Maverik which ran away with this final last year and looks poised to gain a repeat victory.