Falcon and Robbie set early Clonmel Unraced pace
The Clonmel Festival is approaching rapidly and already a number of the track sweepstakes are in progress, while others will be kicking off at each meeting over the next two weeks.
The major event is the Red Mills Open Unraced and this valuable competition kicked off last weekend with a host of flying performances.
The €6,000-to-the-winner event will continue on Sunday evening with the quarter-finals and already the quality looks well up to previous years.
Following Sunday's first-round action the two fancies for the competition are the Owen McKenna-trained Farloe Falcon and Graham Holland's Lughill Robbie.
The latter was the fastest winner in 28.79, while Farloe displayed huge pace as he recovered from a slow start and ran out an impressive winner in 29.08.
A few sweepstakes provide the feature of this evening's Clonmel card and the Suirview Kennels Bitch Stake has attracted a few very smart females.
The trio of Neilus O'Connell's Newinn Tesse (9.19), Ruairi Dwan's Borna Heidi (9.49) and Brendan O'Shea's Crossfield Kate (10.04) could repay support in the heats.
The final of the Happy New Year 550 should provide an interesting contest at Dundalk this evening and the likely favourite is the Donegal greyhound Fridays Tess (9.36), which has won her last three races at the venue and shone last week when overcoming early trouble to win in 30.36.
Her kennel companion Tyrur Kerri is a threat.
An interesting runner at Harold's Cross is Greenane Rocco (10.10), which was a challenger for the St Leger last year and won an open contest around that track last October. He had only one race in the interim but should be good enough to win this.