Late entries allay fears for open events
Fears that at least one of the major open events scheduled to commence this weekend might have to be deferred have not materialised. The managements at Harold's Cross, Curraheen Park and Tralee report that they have received sufficient entries to proceed with the first round heats this weekend.
The only confirmed draw is for the Vulturi @ Stud Kingdom Derby which will be run with 30 entries and will have four rounds. The final will be run on the gala all-sponsored meeting at Tralee on Tuesday, December 22.
Topping the entry here is the Graham Holland-trained Amazing Dude which has previously shown his liking for Tralee track.
The draws for both the Track Bookmakers Marathon and the Frank Deegan Gold Collar were due to made overnight while the draw for the Macroom Motors Open 575 will be made this morning at Curraheen Park.
The latter event will be run for 18 dogs with four qualifying to make it a three-run competition.
The first of four nights racing this week at Shelbourne will feature a few finals and there promises to be a hugely interesting battle in the Gain A2/3 where Fairway View and Sallybog Bolt renew rivalry after last week's thrilling clash.
On that occasion Kyle Spellacy's bitch Sallybog Bolt (9.30) got up on the line to pip Fairway View. The draw is very much in favour of Sallybog this time with Fairway trying to get across from trap five and with Lingrawn Bob on his inner. We'll side with Sallybog.
Ian Reilly's By The Book (9.15) gets the vote to win the Zero Ten A5/6 after a very polished run last week while Murt Leahy's Ballybough Oz (9.45) should land the A2 eighth race.
There will be two Irish trained and two Irish owned greyhounds in Friday's semi-finals of the Laurels and Oaks at Belle Vue.
Both events are sponsored by leading Irish owner PJ Fahy and he has a semi-finalist in both classics, Tyrur Supermac and Tyrur Caroline. Both are trained by Charlie Lister and won their heats last Friday.
Also involved in the Laurels semis are the Leonard O'Hanlon-trained Ballymac Ricky and John McGee's Hillcroft Hero.
Kilkenny has now finished with Wednesday night racing for the year. They will race on Fridays only for the rest of 2015 and the likelihood is that Wednesday racing won't resume at the track until early in February.
Meanwhile, news from Tom Kinane is that for the final three Fridays up to Christmas the last race will be sponsored by the track bookmakers, John Doyle, John Mitchell, Aidan Brophy and Ted Browne.