Rocket and Roddick head Kirby market
Published 11/03/2016 | 02:30
The first betting lists on the Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake have closely followed anticipated lines, with Clares Rocket and Droopys Roddick established as the 8/1 joint favourites for the €80,000-to-the-winner event which kicks off tomorrow at Limerick.
Paddy Power were first into the arena and they have formed the opinion that trainers Graham Holland and Pat Buckley will dominate the competition - they have the top four in the betting.
Jo Jo Fantasy and Lenson Rocky are together at 12/1, with Aghaburren Lola, Coolavanny Wendy, Ela Alecko, Razldazl Tierna and Slipalong Champ all 16/1.
Meanwhile, the Ian Reilly duo of Hee Haws Sheriff and Quietly top the betting on the Greyhound & Petworld Supersprint final at Curraheen tomorrow. Hee Haws is at 13/8 while Quietly is 2/1, and then come the Robert Gleeson trained pair, Ballymac Bigmike at 9/2 and Toolmaker Scot at 5/1.
The race is completed by Leonard O'Hanlon's Ballymac Sexton at 6/1, with Kieran Lynch's Anfield Panther 20/1.
The big action this evening will be at Newbridge where the second round of the Red Mills & NTSC Open Unraced Bitch Stake will be run. There are just three heats scheduled with the first four qualifying for next week's semi-finals.
The clash of the night is in the opening heat where Seamus Leahy's Headford Fantasy (9.0) and Ger Kiely's Airmount Dvinsky renew first round rivalry. Just half a length separated them on that occasion when Headford made all the running. An inside draw can swing it in Headford's favour.
Leahy is also represented by Fantasy's litter sister Headford Maura (9.45) in the third heat and she was the fastest first round winner. An inside draw will also be a help and she is nominated to lead home Droopys Merc and Mustang Evita.
Strong cases can be made for Local Kid and Badminton Fairy in the second heat but the Liam Ramsbottom-trained Sandyhill Diana (9.15) created quite an impression with her strong-finishing first-round victory, and she can score again.
Jerry Melia has turned out hundreds of winners at Harold's Cross over the years and he is still going as strong as ever.
Indeed, the Robertstown handler provides one of the best betting propositions at Harold's Cross this evening in Canal View Jenny (8.55) which looks drawn to win the A1 fifth contest.
She was only caught on the final bend by Young Romance in a higher grade last week and appears poised to make amends.
Others worth an interest on tonight's card include Ryan Byrne's heavyweight All Tied Down (7.55) which can overcome a wide draw in the opening A4.
The Tommy Bolton trained Master Moroney (9.40) drops in class in the A4 eighth contest and is worth support.