Drumbo Park showpiece oversubscribed
Despite the fact that there are a number of top competitions in progress at the moment on the tracks, the Tennent's Gold Cup has been oversubscribed and it likely to be run as a 36-dog event instead of the advertised 24.
Drumbo Park racing manager John Connor yesterday reported that the traditional end-of-year feature at the Lisburn track will be run for 36 dogs with the draw to be made today.
"I only had 14 entries this morning and I was wondering if we would make the 24 but then the phones started ringing and we now have 34 names in the book with a few more to be confirmed," Connor said.
Among the leading names in the book are those of Farloe Rumble, now with Thomas McGrath, the Robert Gleeson duo of Toolmaker Scot and Toolmaker Metro, Ian Reilly's Deanridge Wazzo and Pass Remarkable, Tullymurry Susie, Coolykereen Jake and others. The Tennent's Gold Cup heats will be run on Saturday night.
The semi-finals of the Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby will be run at Harold's Cross on Friday and the Pat Norris-trained Bull Run Bolt is now the 3/1 clear favourite to win this puppy classic. He is unbeaten in the competition and, for a big tracker, he has adapted very well to HX .
He is a best price 3/1 with the firms and should have the measure of Friday's opposition, best of whom can be Whoops Jack, Mustang Kasco and Coolio.
Droopys Wilbury is a clear second favourite at 4/1 and Pat Buckley's dog can afford no mistakes in the second semi where his kennel companion Droopys Smasher and the early-paced Drive On Razer can be his main rivals.
Sprint racing has become a main component of the Wednesday night cards at Shelbourne in recent times and there will be three contests over the two bends this evening. One of them is the final of the S1/2 Stake where Tom and Mary Buggy have two of the four runners and could well end up with a 1-2 at the finish.
Last week Kilgraney Forty (9.45) was a very strong favourite for his semi-final but he had to fight all the way to snatch victory over Jammin. He can again get the better of that rival here but kennel companion Kilgraney Auris is well capable of being very much involved and Teatimer is another sure to figure. We'll side with Kilgraney Forty. In an earlier sprint, the Gerry Holian-trained Clonrooske Abu (9.00) looks another betting proposition. Holian is always to be feared and this one has good form to recommend him.