Dubs and Sam on track for celebration
While they normally do their talking on the field of play the All-Ireland-winning Dublin footballers will be taking to the track at Shelbourne tonight when the champions will be celebrating with their fans and they will have Sam Maguire as well as the Leinster and National Football League trophies to show to their followers.
It promises to be quite a night at headquarters and a huge crowd is anticipated for an 11-race card which kicks off at 7.50pm.
With the top bitches and puppies in action in tomorrow's star-studded 13-race card, Declan Carey had a quality entry for this evening's racing.
Top race of the evening is the concluding Open 550 where Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby winner Coolio is nominated to lead home Droopys Awesome and Kiss And Hug.
Winners of the Future Champion Unraced have gone on to big things in the past and Bigwood Pitstop (8.35) took the event this year. He can make the most of an inside draw in the A2 fourth race, while the Galway dog Glamorous Sharif (8.05) can open his six-bend account in the D1/2 second contest.
This is the first night of the 'double meetings' in the pre-Christmas period and the Harold's Cross card features the heats of the rather watered-down Grand National.
There are just ten runners for the two-run competition and last year's winner Comeout Russell will be defending his title in the second heat (9.25).
The one to beat in the competition can be former English jumper Brinkleysdominic (9.10) which has been keeping the best of company across the water and should have the winning of this contest.
Having resumed winning ways in last week's first round, Michael Enright's Aulton Jet (8.48) can further emphasise his claim to be regarded top sprinter of the moment in the second semi-final of the Gain Southern Sprint at Youghal. He can lead home Unique Hero. Liam Twomey has had a year to remember and Witches Spirit can land him the first semi.