Saturday 24 September 2016

It could be a Remarkable night at the Cross

Published 01/04/2016 | 02:30

The highlight of this evening’s card could well occur in the first part of the programme where a few very interesting youngsters are scheduled to contest the first semi-final of the A3 525. (Stock image)
The highlight of this evening’s card could well occur in the first part of the programme where a few very interesting youngsters are scheduled to contest the first semi-final of the A3 525. (Stock image)

While it will hardly be up to the proportions of last weekend’s massive Good Friday attendance, a very large crowd is anticipated at Harold’s Cross for their Friday fixture this evening.

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The highlight of this evening’s card could well occur in the first part of the programme where a few very interesting youngsters are scheduled to contest the first semi-final of the A3 525.

The one which appeals most is the Ian Reilly-trained Pass Remarkable (8.25) which made a hugely impressive debut in a Dundalk sprint. A trap six draw should be ideal and he is nominated to come home in front of Liam Hughes’ Cuil Cheetah and Fraser Black’s Caddy Shack. 

The second heat features a clash of the old and the young and Fraser Black’s Bandicoot Shane (8.40) may have the early pace to prevail. 

Ollie Bray has enjoyed many a good night at the Cross and he can be on the mark again with Dream Of Mine (8.55) which has won in much higher class in the past and has trialled well on her return from a lay-off.                       

Talking of Bray, the Navan trainer is also represented at Kilkenny tonight in the Frightful Flash Kennels McCalmont Cup where Knight Invader contests the second semi-final. But it will take a personal best from him if he is to win the second heat where the opposition includes the likes of Murt Leahy’s Berkey (9.12), JJ Fennelly’s Newlawn Luke and Ann Guilfoyle’s track specialist Kilcarrig Cillie. Berkey may take the bend and go on to victory. Leahy also has very strong representatives in the first semi with Ballybough Mondo going from trap four and Lemon Arthur from six. But the early pace of Michael O’Donovan’s Lone Scolari (9.00) may well deny him the opening bend and lead them home.

Dowling Memorial

The other sweepstake action this evening is at Tralee where the second round heats of the John & Mary Killeacle Dowling Memorial will be run. Last year Sean Dowling won this competition with Joyful Dribbler and this one is chasing the double.

Joyful Dribbler (9.57) looks good in Heat 4 while Sean has Killeacle Tammy in Heat 2 with prospects but may have to give best to Ger Nugent’s Greenane Rocco (9.12).

Sean’s uncle Liam is always a man to fear around Tralee and his Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby winner Anopheles (8.57) should have too much class for Heat 1 rivals, while Marys Note (9.42) and Paradise Simona can battle it out in Heat 3.

It should be quite a weekend at Tralee where the track’s restaurant is being relaunched tomorrow night and local tourist personnel will be present to sample the excellent fare. Tomorrow’s card will be a benefit for John Mitchels GAA club.

English Derby-bound Jaytee Jet is the winner of the March Dog of the Month award at Shelbourne sponsored by Ballylarkin Concrete and the trophy will be presented during racing at the track tomorrow night.

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