Slippery Robert's career hangs in balance
Published 25/03/2014 | 02:30
The future racing career of Irish Derby winner Slippery Robert is in doubt due to an injury incurred in a recent trial. Owner Larry Dunne and trainer Robert Gleeson confirmed it is 50-50 that the dog will run again.
Gleeson explained that the dog did a flying 16.03 sprint trial around Clonmel but that a day later he discovered a problem which has been diagnosed as a tendon attached to the wrist.
"The vet has told us that if we give him plenty of time he should be okay to race. If he recovers fully then we will aim him at the Derby again, otherwise he will be off to stud," added their trainer.
Dunne and Gleeson were in Athlone on Sunday where they received the trophies for Dog of the Year due to Slippery Robert's victories in the Derby and the Joe Dunne Memorial.
While the career of Slippery Robert hangs in the balance, the Bitch of the Year Locnamon Bridie is going full blast for the Scottish Derby at Shawfield.
Owner Bill Chawke had his arms full with two trophies after the bitch was named Bitch of the Year and Greyhound of the Year and trainer Paul Hennessy confirmed that she is coming into top form and he is hoping for a big run from her at Shawfield.
The entries were still coming in for the Kirby Memorial at Limerick yesterday but racing manager Liam Kennedy put out a call for a "few more entries to bring us up to the required 96".
The draw is scheduled to take place at 10.0 this morning and the entry list is crammed with talent. Vans Viking, sure to be one of the favourites for the competition, was one of the latest entries yesterday and Graham Holland was pleased with the way the dog handled the circuit in a trial on Friday.
The winner of the Kirby Memorial will receive €80,000 and the first-round heats will be run on Friday and Saturday.
The final of the DGOBA A3 525 tops the bill at Harold's Cross this evening and the €1,300 prize certainly looks destined for the Dolores Ruth-trained Razldazl Adele (9.30) which is a mile clear of her rivals on the clock and was so impressive when clocking 28.77 in the semis. A repeat of that running should see her run out an easy winner.
Two others that appeal are Tony Byrne's Veny Vidy Vicy (9.45) and Brendan Murphy's Rockmount Arthur (10.0).
The last named looks particularly well housed and he can use his fine back-straight pace to full effect.