Heat winners still outsiders for Comerford
Maintaining the impressive trend of Saturday cards at Shelbourne, this weekend's fixture will be a real cracker, featuring the six second-round heats of the Comerford Cakes Open 525 and the six first-round heats of the Gain Christmas Oaks.
A remarkable aspect of the betting on the Comerford Open is that none of the top four favourites managed to win a first-round heat last weekend.
While Jaytee Dutch is the 8/1 favourite with BoyleSports and Ladbrokes, the fastest first-round winner, Drumcrow Kaiser, is still available at double those odds, 16/1.
Behind Jaytee Dutch in the betting are Anopheles, Creamery Bale and Toolmaker Scot at 12/1, while Jo Jo Fantasy, Milldean Puma and Rackethall Ruler are next on 14/1.
Meanwhile, Declan Carey was yesterday pretty happy that he would get the required number of 36 for the Christmas Oaks. There were already 27 names in the book, with entries not due to close until this evening, and no entries have yet been received from Graham Holland and Paul Hennessy.
Among the top names in the book are Ballymac Belle, Ballymac Scala, Urban Gossip, Follys View and Jeanettedollemma.
The latter pair were very impressive on the big Dubs meeting last Friday.
We don't often find headline races on a Tuesday night at Harold's Cross but this evening's card includes the final of the Irish Grand National. The National doesn't retain any of its former glory but an interesting race is in prospect.
Star of the semis was the Tony Fahy-trained Grangeview Kin which was in command all the way when winning in 29.43.
The other semi was won by Pat Kiely's Comeout Russell (9.02) in 29.54 and the latter's greater jumping experience may enable him to claim the prize.
On the supporting card at the Cross, a likely looking prospect is John Conway's Finnery Castle (8.47). This young Ashford Castle bitch made a winning debut here last time and looks capable of stepping up further to make it two wins from two outings.
There will also be racing at Tralee this evening with the first race at 6.50 and the weigh-in will take place between 6.0 and 6.25.
Entries for the €7,000 Vulturi Stud Kingdom Derby will close next Monday.