Hulk main power left in Champion Stakes
With most of the entries in for the Hamilton Architects Champion Stakes, which begins at Shelbourne on Saturday night, the Jerry Melia-trained Greenwell Hulk looks the obvious favourite to land the €20,000 to the winner two-run competition.
PJ Fahy and a few others are to confirm their plans for the competition this morning but with Kereight King, Sidarian Blaze, Boylesports Hero and the young star Droopys Nidge all bypassing the event to wait for the Derby, the likelihood is that Greenwell Hulk will go off a short-priced favourite.
Currently the likes of Paradise Silva Redwood Mick, Deanridge Pennys, Paradise Madison and Vanrooney would be seen as the major dangers.
The list of entries received for the Hamilton Architects Champion Stakes reads Honour And Glory, Cabra Buck, Vimmerby, Indigojack, Blenhiem Cracker, Vanrooney, Paradise Madison, Deanridge Pennys, Pennys Deanridge, Redwood Mick, Greenwell Hulk, Paradise Silva, Glenanore Dancer, Barefoot Apollo and Shopping Basket.
Entries for the Champion Plate are pretty slow coming in and currently there are about six names in the book. Entries for both events close this morning.
Highlight of tonight's nine race card at Shelbourne will be the final of the A2 Dual Distance over the 575 yards distance and it can again feature a battle between Pat Cocoman's Fordeflag (10.0) and PJ Fahy's Tyrur Fredrik.
Tonight at Kilkenny the last of the qualifiers for Sunday's big BEAM meeting will be run with the semis of both the McDonnell Memorial A7 and the Kilcarrig Quarries Open 300 to be decided.
The next two Saturdays at Limerick will be dominated by distance racing with the Summer Stayers' Festival in progress. The semi-finals of four sweepstakes ranging from 600 yards to 800 yards will be run on Saturday while the card on Saturday week will include the four finals plus a number of one-off races for most grades of the 600, 750 and 800 yards distances.
This week's provincial offering on Inter Track will come from Galway with the cameras bringing the Thursday, Friday and Saturday racing. Friday's card will, of course, contain the second round of the €10,000 ECC Timber Champion Bitch Stake.
There will be three heats of this valuable 550-yards stake with four qualifying from each heat for the semi-finals. The presence of Carol Weatherall's British raider Wont Fall Behind in the first heat adds real interest to the competition and among her rivals will be fellow first round winners Expert Chick and Coolavanny Pandy.
Lughill Isabel and Springwell Watsy look the big two in the second heat while Oaks finalists Ridgedale Look and Brenval Star clash in a hot final heat.
Tonight's Pick 4 Jackpot pool at Shelbourne will be guaranteed to €2,500. It will operate on races four, five, six and seven.