'Move' can show his talent in Juvenile heat
Following last week's thrilling first round action, the GMHD.ie Juvenile Classic will move on to the second round at the Kingdom Stadium in Tralee tonight.
This is the stage which will sort the men from the boys with that initial experience of racing behind them.
Three of the runners went within a length of the track record last week and these dogs now figure among the four favourites which are separated by just half a point in the betting lists. A few more stars could well burst onto the scene this week, which makes it all the more interesting.
Obviously there will be huge interest in the running of Keen Move which has been sold since his first round victory and is now with Pat Buckley. The new handler yesterday said the dog appears to be settling in and can be taken as a likely runner in the opening heat. Keen Move (8.42) can maintain his unbeaten record at the expense of the early-paced Turree Bolt.
The race of the night can be the third heat in which Sidarian Eska and Double Oh Seven (9.27) renew rivalry after their thrilling battle last week in a flying 28.13. But any slip-up will allow one of the rivals into the picture.
Bockos Alfie (8.57) and Mobile Tracker can dominate the second heat, while the Owen McKenna-trained Escapism (9.42) will be a very hot favourite to turn in a big effort in the final heat.
Ian Reilly's Master Balboa (9.55) will be bidding for a tenth career victory when he contests the A2 ninth race at Harold's Cross this evening.
He will be strongly assisted by his inside draw and looks set to get first run on his rivals. The improving Ballyglen Ace could be his main danger but this one would prefer further.
Derek Hatch and Gerry Barber have a fine strike rate with their runners at this track and Ravenswood Star(10.10) can follow up last week's triumph when he contests the tenth contest. Ravenswood Star has won four of his last seven races and he can maintain that impressive run with the benefit of an inside draw here. The big-finishing Young Boss could be the major threat.
Fraser Black's Brae Blackie (9.40) ended a losing sequence with an emphatic victory last week and can repeat the performance in the final of the A2 525. This is a tougher task, mind you, with a fair spread of early pace in the field. But Brae Blackie is handily placed near the rail and can emerge best from the John McGee duo of Baileys Baby and Millbrook Queen.
Finally, a reminder to owners and trainers that there will be unofficial trials for Kirby Memorial dogs at Tralee this evening from 4.45 to 5.30pm. They are bookable on 061 448038.