In-season Tradition of Corn Cuchulainn
Tradition, quoted joint favourite by the firms, has been withdrawn from Friday's first semi-final of the Gain Corn Cuchulainn at Harold's Cross.
Pat Dalton yesterday confirmed that the bitch is in season and it looks as if the daughter of Droopys Scolari and former wonder stayer Flying Winner has run her last race.
"It's a pity but she just won't be able to run," said Dalton. "I didn't suppress her but wasn't expecting her to come in season so soon.
"I intend to breed from her immediately, though I haven't decided on a stud dog yet."
Her absence from the first heat means that the Brendan Maunsell-trained Fire Height Amy, which was a close 5/1 third favourite, will now have plenty of room on the inside on the run to the bend and is likely to shorten in price.
Big race of the week is the final of the Champion Stakes at Shelbourne on Saturday, and the 5/2 joint favourites to lift the €15,000 prize are Sidarian Vega and Midtown Raffa, with Paradise Maverik a close third choice on 7/2.
It looks to be decided on the dash to the bend, with the two favourites the likely early protagonists. But any bump between them would allow one of the other quartet to get in a real blow.
The Consolation race also promises to be a cracking contest. Five of the six runners are already known and the one to be confirmed is Skywalker Farloe.
The runners so far are Laughil Duke, Offshore Bound, Creamery Bale, Gaytime Hawk and Urban Gossip.
Maunsell had a fine double in the heats of the Tullymurry Act @ Stud Open Unraced at Clonmel and he clearly has a few more potential stars. His winners were Sneezys Saver, the fastest qualifier in 28.68 and Big Time Ruby, which clocked 28.79.