'Denver' can claim Laurels honours
It has been a memorable few weeks for Carlow sporting followers with the unprecedented run of success enjoyed by the county's footballers in the All-Ireland series.
There can be further cause for celebration in the county when Kilgraney Denver contests the final of the Irish Independent Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park this evening.
He is unbeaten in the classic with a series of most impressive performances and he looks sure to go off favourite to collect the €30,000 prize on offer for this classic.
He is trained by 27-year-old Tom Buggy at the family's Bagenalstown kennels and is owned by the trainer's sister Rose.
Early pace is what Kilgraney Denver is all about and he has dictated all his races at Curraheen. His main market rival is Clonbrien Hero but he hasn't got the best of draws in trap four and may struggle to get an early run.
Paul Hennessy has two well-drawn representatives in Chawke It Down and Away Jet, while the field is completed by Gerry Holian's Beannacht Tagdh and Tony Hegarty's Unknown Vision. Kilgraney is expected to lead all the way and he can be chased home by Clonbrien Hero and Away Jet.
It is a very busy night on the tracking front with the final of the Champion 550 to be run at Shelbourne, while the first round of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup will be concluded at Dundalk.
The Johnny Sullivan-trained Native Chimes finished strongly last week and appears to be coming into top form. He is taken to land the €10,000 Shelbourne prize, while the Robert Gleeson-trained Ballymac Bigmike can get his defence of the Irish Sprint Cup title off to a winning start at Dundalk.