Tuesday 21 February 2017

Quietly looks good value at Waterford

Published 05/11/2016 | 02:30

Ian Reilly’s veteran Quietly could make the most of an early lead at Waterford this evening. (Stock photo)
Ian Reilly’s veteran Quietly could make the most of an early lead at Waterford this evening. (Stock photo)

The big race scene moves on to Waterford tonight when the final of the €13,000 Gain Select Stakes brings together some of the best early-paced greyhounds in training.

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It also provides an intriguing clash of the generations and we are going against the betting lists in nominating Ian Reilly's veteran Quietly to make his early pace tell.

Skywalker Manner and Riverside Oscar have the envied inside slots but there must be a possibility of these speedsters bumping on the run-up.

Ela Alecko and Burgess Popeye are useful trackers but have difficult draws in three and four while Alien Jet completes the field.

The highlight of a classy programme at Shelbourne will be the reappearance of Derby finalists Sonic and Escapism as they meet in the concluding 575. Sonic's early pace should be the crucial factor as they warm up for the Night of Stars.

Paul Hennessy's dream of completing an amazing treble of English Derby, Irish St Leger and English St Leger ground to a halt at Wimbledon on Thursday when Jaytee Patriot had a nightmare run and lost out on a final spot by a head. The heat winners were Fizzypop Buddy and Cloran Paddy.

Pat Buckley's hopes of another victory in the English Puppy Derby are still alive after Killinan Lee got up to win the last of the semi-finals.

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