Sunday 24 September 2017

Guilfoyle's return a Good News story in Gold Cup

The dog, owned by Pat’s sister Sandra along with John Kennedy, is one of the leading young lights on the track scene and tonight will be well fancied to lower the colours of reigning English Derby champion Jaytee Jet
The dog, owned by Pat’s sister Sandra along with John Kennedy, is one of the leading young lights on the track scene and tonight will be well fancied to lower the colours of reigning English Derby champion Jaytee Jet
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Having concentrated on his teaching career for a spell, Pat Guilfoyle has been drawn back by the call of greyhounds and he has made an impressive return.

His current star performer is Good News, which made headlines last year when taken down from the bench unsold following a bid of €43,000 at the Unraced Sales at Shelbourne.

The dog, owned by Pat's sister Sandra along with John Kennedy, is one of the leading young lights on the track scene and tonight will be well fancied to lower the colours of reigning English Derby champion Jaytee Jet.

The two dogs clash in a hot third heat in the second round of the Best Car Parks Gold Cup at Shelbourne and betting will be very close between them, while Coolavanny Mason and Kiss And Hug are also sure to have plenty of followers.

Guilfoyle yesterday gave a positive report on Good News, saying: "He will love the inside box. He is in good form but he is still picking up valuable experience."

Good News impressed last week when getting up late and big improvement is anticipated. He may just get the better of Jaytee Patriot over this trip of 525 yards.

JJ Fennelly and Sheila Spillane have a lovely prospect in Burgess Popeye, which looks perfectly drawn in trap one in the first heat.

He picked up the flying starting Proud Graham last week and is well capable of leading all the way in this opening qualifier, where Droopys Punk looks the danger.

Graham Holland can complete a double in the other two heats. Early pace is Proud Graham's forte and he can put it to good use in the second qualifier where is expected to go clear from Maytown Eclipse and then hold on from the strong-finishing Farloe Joey.

The odds will be pretty tight about Holland's Riverside Oscar in the final heat. Once again early pace is his forte and few can match him over the 525 trip. He looks sure to complete a 21st career victory in Heat 4.

Best bet on the undercard can be PJ Fahy's latest acquisition Tyrur Shay in the concluding 550.

Irish Independent

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