Roddick and Rocket top bill in Kirby draw
Boasting a winner's prize of €80,000, the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake at Limerick has attracted a full entry of 72 dogs and the quality is of the highest order.
None of the firms have produced ante-post lists yet but one presumes that the names of Droopys Roddick and Clares Rocket will be at the top of the lists when they eventually appear.
Of the pair, Droopys Roddick certainly appears to be the best drawn in Heat 5 where he towers over the opposition with Maytown Eclipse possibly his most dangerous rival.
In contrast, Clares Rocket is due to go in Heat 8 where the opposition includes Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby winner Anopheles and the Paul Hennessy pair Budgie Power and Priceless Dancer.
Memories came rolling back when I looked up tonight's Shelbourne card and there saw the name of Last Landing as a runner in the A3 third contest. A bitch of that name was one of the legends of our sport, winning the 1959 Irish Oaks and going on to become a legendary dam with produce such as Clomoney Grand and Sheila At Last.
But the name has re-emerged and this time the bearer is the Rose Martin-owned daughter of Kinloch Brae and Loo Cabin who will make her debut from trap six. Her trials are promising and if she is even a shadow of her former namesake she would take some beating, though Fantasy Jack is another interesting runner.
Paul Hennessy has entered Budgie Power (10.13) and Barefoot Baron (10.28) in the Kirby Memorial at Limerick on Saturday and if they are to justify such a rating they must surely win tonight.
Bet of the night can be the Michael Kelly-trained Deanmill Audi (8.13) in the final of the FFK Sires A3/4 final.
Pat Buckley had mixed luck at Wimbledon on Tuesday when Lenson Panda was beaten a length and three parts by Ballymac Ramsey in the Racing Post Juvenile where the trap draw basically decided the outcome. Ballymac made full use of his inside draw to become a fourth winner of the Juvenile for Barrie Draper and he clocked 28.65 while Lenson Panda took second ahead of Crossfield Cesar.
Earlier on the card Buckley's Airfield Bruce won a supporting open over the 480-metre trip when beating Ballymac Darragh by three parts of a length.
The former Dolores Ruth-trained Razldazl Raidio was an odds-on favourite for the Springbok final but only finished fifth after losing his place to the bend. The race was won by Seamus Cahill's Ballymac Manix in 29.11.