Reilly's Balboa can be Harold's Cross Master
Tara trainer Ian Reilly has great memories of Harold's Cross track, the venue of a number of major successes for his charges. He has been making regular successful raids on the track in recent months and he looks set for another big meeting this evening.
His best chance on the night is probably represented by Master Balboa (9.40) in the A3 eighth contest. Six of the dog's eight career successes have been over this circuit but he has never won from an inside draw.
That omission could be rectified this time with the syndicate-owned Master Balboa nominated to lead into the back straight and come home in front of Cromwellian Kid.
Reilly could also be on the mark with the Ciaran Burke-owned Mutual Dilemma (8.55) in the A1/2 fifth race. This fine early-pacer is capable of leading the likes of Mustang Oaks and Coolavanny Sandy around the bend and staying there.
Remaining with the Cross, Starshinenakita (9.25) is something of a track specialist and she is particularly difficult to beat when wearing the red jacket. She occupies the inside box in the seventh race and she can lead Deep Night and Canal View Jenny around the bend and go on to victory.
The build-up to the National Meeting at Clonmel is well advanced and Pat Buckley's Brinkleys Katie (9.34) can show her prowess by winning the second heat of the Suirview Kennels Bitch Stake.
Formerly known as Droopys Etoile, she won a valuable unraced stake here in November and looked in good condition when trialled at Shelbourne last Saturday. She can confirm the unraced final placings with Mountaylor Queen.
Leading six-bend performer Fire Height Amy is a surprise entry in this event but she might find Rockburst Riva (9.49) and Crossfield Molly a little too sprightly in the third heat.
Also on the Clonmel card are the second round heats of the Greyhound Shop Guys & Dolls where the highlight should be the clash of Dermot Maher's Minnies Basket with Graham Holland's duo of Mullaca Psycho and Riverside Zara in the second heat.
Run as the Guinness Trophy for many years at Curraheen Park, the first major contest of the year at the southern track will have a new title this year with the news yesterday that it is to be known as the Gain Cup and will commence tomorrow week.
Originally it was an Open event but is nowadays for A1 performers though it normally ends up with a final full of open racers
This year's Gain Cup will be for 36 greyhounds and a winner's prize of €3,000. The entries will close on Tuesday next.