'Mo' can set hot pace in Newbridge event
Having posted the fastest time in the opening round last week, Newline Mo will be a strong fancy for the last of the second round heats of the Red Mills/NTSC Open Unraced Bitch Stake at Newbridge this evening.
Trained by Robert Gleeson, Newline Mo flew from traps last time when running out a nine-length winner from Flying Flyer in 28.75. Flying Flyer will again be in opposition this time while Ravenna and Moanteen Bess are other fancied runners.
No fewer than four of the six first-round winners are drawn together in the second heat and they also run in the four outside traps. It will be a really tricky contest but Pio Barry's Ballydoyle Maura did look pretty special last time and as a November '15 whelp she is by far the youngest runner in the competition. She can win from Marians Dream.
Sean Cronin's Soviet Crystal is capable of a fair bit of improvement in the first heat, while the Paddy Kehoe-owned Forest Melanie is another capable of much better than she produced in the first round. She can win the last of the qualifiers.
There is an interesting card at Kilkenny this evening with a few small finals to be run.
The card also includes a few dogs having a run around the track obviously with an eye on the Frightful Flash Kennels McCalmont Cup which will start next Friday and will have a winner's prize of €5,000.
Probably the best race on the card is the Open 525 where track specialist Me Phat Daddy is due to make his seasonal debut with the likes of Old Fort Mill, Toker Forest and Black Tom among his rivals.
Meanwhile, the Irish Cesarewitch is due to start at Mullingar on Saturday week and entries will close on Tuesday next. The 600 yards classic is being sponsored this year by Howard Wallace and Francie Murray, who already support another major midlands event, the Longford Derby..
With a race meeting this evening there will be a 9.30pm start to racing at Dundalk and it is an attractive programme which features two very interesting races at the start of the evening, the semi-finals of the Matthews Coaches Open 550.
These two races could well go to the litter brothers Drumsna Star (9.30) and Drumsna Legend (9.42) which are owned by Pat and Pauline Quinn. Both dogs are in top form currently.
Meanwhile, talks haven't yet commenced on the Harold's Cross dispute between the DGOBA and the IGB. After initially indicating that they would welcome the mediation, the DGOBA issued a later statement on Wednesday in which they stated that: "We call on the IGB to reopen Harold's Cross Greyhound Stadium and then enter into negotiations with the DGOBA on alternatives to the sale."