In-form Kate can improve her Cross record
Many years ago a very shrewd greyhound trainer advised me that one great rule to observe in backing greyhounds is to follow a bitch in form, and the truth of that statement has been proved many times over the years.
When studying this evening's card at Harold's Cross, I was reminded of it when spotting Gilroy Kate (10.25) in the line-up for the concluding A2.
Trained by Tommy Bolton for Tony Griffin and David O'Shea, Gilroy Kate has been terrific in recent months and has been placed in eight of her last nine races, winning on three occasions.
She was foot-perfect last week when leading all the way and will be very difficult to beat in similar class this evening. Baileys Baby looks the likely danger.
Joe Sweeney's Wheres Joe (10.10) did us a favour last week when an easy winner on his Harold's Cross debut and gave the distinct impression that he would improve with better knowledge of the circuit. He again occupies trap one in the A1/2 tenth race and may well lead home Master Balboa.
Derek Kehoe's Slaneyside Fox (9.25) is closing in rapidly on his 100th race outing and he could win on his 98th start in an A5 this evening. While he doesn't win often nowadays, he is very rarely out of the first three and he could lead all the way on this occasion.
The final remnants of the Festival of Racing will be wrapped up at Clonmel this evening when four sweepstake finals will be run and there will be particular interest in the Davis Road Dash final where John McGee Jnr has two very interesting youngsters which made brilliant racing debuts in the heats. The Seamus Ryan-owned Moody Leah (9.04) flew around in a brilliant 16.09 when winning by seven lengths. Kennel companion Droumeragh Flash clocked 16.20 but may have to give best to Moody Leah on this occasion.
The line-up for the final of the Piercestown Sand @ Stud N1/2 is also unusual in that it consists of three sets of kennel companions.
Henning Olesen has Allthatsmine and Fuil Laidir, while Declan Byrne is responsible for the litter comrades Stonepark Twelve and Stonepark Rebel and Denis Barry has Movealong Royal and Movealong Val.
Only a short head separated Allthatsmine (9.19) and Stonepark Twelve in 29.47 in their first round clash and they can finish in that order again.
Owners and trainers are reminded that the Yahoo Kennels Open 730 will commence at Waterford next Saturday. Given the demand for races and competitions for our open stayers, one would presume that entries will come rolling in for this event. Entries close on Tuesday at 4pm.