Saturday 21 October 2017

Strictly Sand can land Enniscorthy Grand Prize

The standard of racing has been of the highest order throughout and the final is an open-looking affair, with any of the six runners capable of rising to the occasion. Stock photo
The standard of racing has been of the highest order throughout and the final is an open-looking affair, with any of the six runners capable of rising to the occasion. Stock photo
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

There was a time when the Grand Prize at Enniscorthy was one of the most coveted events on the provincial circuit, but over the years it failed to keep pace with advances elsewhere.

Thankfully, Georgie Roche and his colleagues have got behind the competition and the final of the revived Grand Prize will be the centrepiece of what promises to be a great night.

The standard of racing has been of the highest order throughout and the final is an open-looking affair, with any of the six runners capable of rising to the occasion.

The form dogs in the event have been Fast Fit Alex, Street Lane and Lazy Leg, but sponsor Roche has a strong hand in the improving Strictly Sand, which he bought specially for the competition.

The dash to the bend will be crucial and Tom Codd's Street Lane may just take the bend and go on to victory. But watch for Strictly Sand coming home.

There is an interesting card at Shelbourne, with three sweepstake finals to be decided.

While the Holland stars will be on duty at Enniscorthy, some of the kennel's younger racers will be on show at the Dublin venue and there will be much interest in the running of Clares Dream (9.28) in the A3/4 final.

There was big word about Clares Dream in advance of his debut last week and he went off at 2/5 favourite. After a slow start he won well in 29.01 and is capable of much faster.

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