Puma and Buddy can stake gain claims
There is classic action on two fronts tonight with the staying and sprinting stars holding centre stage at Harold's Cross and Dundalk.
The Gain Corn Cuchulainn has reached the semi-final stage and there are two very competitive contests in store over the 750-yard distance.
Graham Holland has the two favourites in the betting with Milldean Puma at 9/4 and Jo Jo Fantasy at 4/1 with BoyleSports and both can make it through to the final.
Milldean Puma (9.40) impressed last week with his 41.75 run and he can lead all the way to win from Airmount Tess and Ardrahan Zindi. Priceless Lassie will be an absentee from this heat.
The British challenger Fizzypop Buddy (9.55) has been under a cloud since he arrived but his run last week was promising and he could well open his account in the second heat, where he runs from six. Jo Jo Fantasy is the obvious danger.
Hillcroft Hero is an absentee through injury from the final heat of the Bar One Irish Sprint Cup at Dundalk and Surprising Sea (10.05) can lead them home.
There are two red-hot contests in this classic and Pat Buckley's Lenson Rocky (8.35) can beat Droopys Nine and Slipalong Hero in Heat 2.
Heat 4 is even tougher with the three long-odds favourites drawn together, Aulton Jet, Toolmaker Scot and Ballymac Bigmike (9.05).
The latter, trained by Robert Gleeson, is well drawn in five and has an incredible career record which he can enhance further at the main expense of Aulton Jet.