Droopys Cabaye can take €15,000 Tralee prize
The GMHD.ie Juvenile Classic has been a tremendous competition and it reaches its conclusion at Tralee tonight, with a prize of €15,000 awaiting the winner.
Five of the six finalists will be provided by Pat Buckley and Sean Meade but the sixth runner, Loskeran Vardy, has the fastest time of the competition. He is trained in Cork by Denis Fitzgerald.
It is difficult to predict how the market will go and it would be no surprise if we ended up with joint or even co-favourites.
Miltown-Malbay owner/ breeder Sean Meade has sold litter brothers Paradise Valdez and Paradise Marco to Brendan Keogh and he reports both dogs to be in great form.
They are drawn in the middle traps but their big finishes make them a major threat to all if they can manage a clear passage in the early stages.
Buckley is represented by litter brothers Droopys Pogba and Droopys Cabaye as well as Factotem Boy.
Fitzgerald is hopeful of a big run from Loskeran Vardy, which he says is well drawn in five. Owned by the English-based Irishman Brendan O'Reilly, he clearly has the gears to win on the evidence of his 28.58 second-round effort.
It is a race made for the layers but I felt Droopys Cabaye was unlucky in the semi-finals and he can win for Buckley and owner Paul Butler.
The first round of the Red Mills/ TSC Open Unraced Stake will be run at Newbridge, where a few hot runs are likely.