Native set for winning Shelbourne debut
While it is disappointing that the Joe Dunne Memorial won't be run, there is still a programme full of interest at Shelbourne, with many stars of the present and the future in action both before and during the actual racing.
The Saturday trial session can be a real highlight at Shelbourne right through the year, particularly in the early months as the big names return from their winter hibernation.
Once again Jaytee Jet will be the star trial attraction but other top racers are also set to appear.
Pat Buckley has three dogs booked in and there will be huge interest in the performance of Droopys Smasher, which hasn't run since coming in season. She will be accompanied by Bentekes Bocko and Droopys Almond. Another due to appear is Graham Holland's Select Stakes winner Riverside Oscar.
The racing is also high class; one of the interesting runners is the Johnny O'Sullivan-trained Native Chimes which was a good second behind Priceless Brandy in the St Leger and will be having his first race of the season on his Shelbourne debut.
Native Chimes (10.12) would prefer to be running over 550 yards but he can still prove too strong for the obvious danger Clona Kid.