Favourites to reign in Bookies Marathon
Harold's Cross will be the focal point of the Irish greyhound world this evening with the semi-finals of the Track Bookmakers' Marathon and the Deegan Kennel Supplies down for decision.
The three heats of the stamina-testing marathon should go to the favourites Ribble Atom (8.25), Ballymac Bonnie (8.40) and Tradition (8.55) - it will be a major surprise if all three don't get through to make up the dream final field.
While the long-range fancy is Ballymac Bonnie, she probably has the toughest task in the second heat.
It has been made a little easier by the withdrawal of Ballymac Jarlath, but Bonnie still has kennel companion Vulturi as well as Fire Height Amy and Joyful Dribbler to overcome. Barring accidents she should do so.
Karol Ramsbottom's Ribble Atom will fly over the second half of the race and can show the way to Old Gold Bars and Monpark Edel in the first heat, while Pat Dalton's Tradition should have too much class for Kearneys Lila in the third heat.
The semi-finals of the Deegan Gold Collar can see victories for Jerry Griffin's Morning Music (9.40), John McGee's Skywalker Rossa (9.55) and Ian Reilly's House Doctor (10.10).
Down at Tralee, the Vulturi @ Stud Kingdom Derby second round can provide winning opportunities for Ian Reilly's Quietly (9.27), Graham Holland's Amazing Dude (9.42), Owen McKenna's Sword Fern (9.57) and Pat Buckley's Droopys Nine (10.12).
Nanny the one
There should be a big crowd also at Shelbourne tonight where Dave Buckley's Nanny Brien (8.28) must have real prospects in this A2 contest on her running in a valuable unraced at Clonmel.
Holland's Cabra Ash (8.58) ran on promisingly behind Kilara Lizzie last time and will take beating in this A2 575. The aforementioned Kilara Lizzie (10.28) can gain a quick follow-up in the concluding 575 where Slippery Brett is again the main danger.
There was no luck for the Irish in the classic finals at Belle Vue on Wednesday when Tyrur Caroline and Ballymac Ricky finished out of the money in the ECC Timber Oaks and Laurels finals respectively. The races were won by Domino Storm in 27.59 and Millwards Whitey in 27.87.
The death occurred yesterday of Fr Dan Greene, who made a rich contribution to the greyhound industry. Based for much of his life in America, he served as a chaplain with the US Navy and operated in Vietnam, the Gulf War and Beirut.
He imported the legendary American-bred sire Sand Man to Ireland and as an owner he won the Easter Cup at Shelbourne with North Bound and the Golden Jacket with Group Skater.