Razldazl Duke joins the BoyleSports team
Following a sensational start to his career, Razldazl Duke has been the medium of some very serious offers and Dolores Ruth informs us that he has now been bought by BoyleSports boss John Boyle and in future will be known as BoyleSports Duke.
Having qualified at Shelbourne in 28.12, the son of Royal Impact and Razldazl Alice became an overnight sensation and he made a miracle recovery to qualify in the first round of the Red Mills Open Unraced at Clonmel.
Then on Sunday night he came out and ran his rivals ragged in the second round when clocking 28.37 on a track rated at 0.10 slow. The time was 31 spots faster than the next fastest which was clocked by his litter brother Razldazl Tierna.
Ruth says she was delighted that Boyle had made the offer. "He is a very good owner and it has been agreed that the dog will stay with me and will be prepared for the English Derby and then the BoyleSports.com Irish Derby," she said. "He will run next Sunday at Clonmel but there is a possibility that all the paperwork won't be completed and he may have to run under his old name."
New Cup dates
the Best Car Parks Gold Cup has been put back by a week and will now start on Saturday, January 30. This follows the loss of last Saturday's meeting at Shelbourne and the subsequent deferment of the Joe Dunne Memorial to Saturday the 23rd.
There were no unofficial trials at Kilkenny yesterday due to work being carried out on the track, but trials will be staged as normal today. .
Tom Kinane explains that the first and second bends are being realigned in the hope that it will eliminate unnecessary trouble on the bends in racing.
It is just about the only complaint that is heard about racing at Kilkenny, a private track which has performed extremely well through the recession.
While it hasn't been ratified as yet, it is hoped to switch race nights in two weeks' time. The plan is to race on Wednesday, January 27 instead of Friday, January 29. This is to avoid a clash with the National Meeting at Clonmel and to allow the track bookmakers to operate at Clonmel for that weekend.
While on the subject of Kilkenny, the first Sales of 2016 at the track will be staged on Saturday, April 2 and prospective buyers will be hoping to pick up some candidates for the Red Mills Champion Unraced at that gathering.
Meanwhile, news from Youghal is that the annual awards night at the track will be on Friday of next week, January 22.
There will be no racing at Limerick tomorrow night. Saturday's card will be a bumper 13-race programme.