Lenson Rocky can underline Leger credentials
The Limerick greyhound community spring into life at this time of the year with their "pride and joy", the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger kicking off at Limerick Stadium this evening.
There is a high-class entry in the 550 yards classic, and two trainers with a superb recent record in the Leger enter the first round with the favourites to emerge triumphant on October 29.
Pat Buckley has won it twice and he supplies the 8/1 ante-post favourite Lenson Rocky, which goes in Heat 10 and is a hot choice to lead home kennel companion Alfies Diamond. Buckley has a strong team, but Lenson is a worthy favourite.
Paul Hennessy has been triumphant twice in the last five years. He has a strong numerical team,and his big two are undoubtedly Jaytee Dutch and Priceless Brandy, which are priced at 12/1 and 14/1.
Jaytee Dutch was an English Derby semi-finalist and won his prep race around Limerick last week. He can show his class in Heat 3 this evening.
But don't be surprised if Priceless Brandy turns out to be the Hennessy number one. A young dog with huge potential, he has gone brilliantly in trials and can emerge from a tough Heat 7 this evening.
The Billy Mulvaney Memorial Open 600 reaches the semi-finals stage at Shelbourne and great racing is anticipated.
Favourite to win this competition is the Tom O'Neill-trained Ballyhooly Henry, which has already won the Gain 600 this year and produced his best ever time of 32.12 over the distance last week.
He can win a competitive third semi, in which his main rivals are Water Fern and Slippery Louise.
Owen McKenna, trainer of Water Fern, can supply the first heat winner in Farloe Joey, which was most impressive last week and can lead home Boylesports Duke and Vivaro Swift.
The second semi looks pretty open, with the vote going to John Kiely's Newlawn Simon at the main expense of Skywalker Rossa and College Paradise.