Classy entry for Clonmel stake
The quality of the entry for the Red Mills Unraced Stake at Clonmel appears to be up to the usual high standard and a tremendous competition is anticipated when the 48-dog event begins on Sunday evening.
The unraced event has been the launching pad for many champion trackers and don't be surprised if that pattern is maintained.
A number of the runners stand out as potential winners and we can anticipate the usual springers to emerge.
Most of the top trainers will be strongly represented. Graham Holland and Owen McKenna appear to have particularly strong teams, while Jennifer O'Donnell, Greg Corcoran, Michael Dalton, Robert Gleeson and Brendan O'Shea could also be major players.
A few of the entries have already dipped under the 29 second mark.
Corcoran's Sarahs Coco, a son of Ballymac Vic, has broken the barrier at both Clonmel and Shelbourne; he will meet Holland's Hovex Mick, like Clares Rocket a son of Confident Rankin, which posted 28.68 at Tralee.
Other names worth noting include McKenna's Farloe Falcon, which has a flying 16.23 sprint at Clonmel to his credit, and Shaneboy Bowie, Allen Tank, Badminton Ciaran, The Other Ben, Powerful Boy and Lughill Robbie.
The final of the Unraced will be run on Sunday, January 29, which is the middle day of the National Meeting and it will be a high-class card with a number of other finals.
The new season will start at Shelbourne Park this evening with a ten-race programme and racing over most distances.
Razldazl Star (8.13) has only run twice but has shown promise in defeat and the likelihood is that he needs six bends to be seen at his best. His dam Razldazl Marilyn was a high-class marathon runner and Star's litter brother Razldazl Allstar recently made a sensational six-bend debut. Star can follow suit in the second contest.
Gerry Merriman's Haydeezflyer (9.28) is developing into a classy tracker and goes into the A2 final with a record of five wins from seven outings. He can prove too good for Black Farren this time.