Clares is the headline act on Night of Stars
Published 12/11/2016 | 02:30
After all the build-up, the day has finally dawned and the Night of Stars will be presented to a very large attendance at Shelbourne Park this evening.
As befits the name, the stars will be present in abundance in all eight championship races and almost €100,000 will be handed out in prize-money. There will be many highlights but the return of Clares Rocket from his injury lay-off will be special and he will be a hot favourite to win the BoyleSports 550. Barring accidents, he can give another exhibition of pace and lead home a top-class field headed by Lenson Rocky.
Another Graham Holland-trained star, Ballydoyle Honey will make her final appearance on the track in the Droopys Nidge 600. Water Fern is expected to lead but Honey can make a winning farewell.
Pat Dalton's Tradition can become the first ever Night of Stars winner to successfully defend her title when she contests the Ted Hegarty 850, while other likely winners are Aulton Jet, Sidarian Pearl, Airmount Tess, Sonic and Skywalker Manner.
Racing kicks off at Shelbourne at 7.42pm but Gates open at 4.45pm to facilitate those who wish to view the Austria versus Ireland soccer game on the large screens.
Racegoers are warned to travel early to avoid traffic problems created by a clash with the Aviva rugby game.