Time to get on board for this year's Night of Stars
Published 01/08/2014 | 02:30
The Night of Stars, which has been one of the big success stories of the past few years, is to take place this year at Shelbourne Park on Saturday, November 29.
The format will be the same as in previous years, with eight championship races over all distances ranging from 350 yards to 850 yards and a Bitch 525.
The winner of each race will receive a whopping €10,000 and automatic invitations will be issued to the classic winners to run in the races over that distance.
Privately devised and organised, The Night of Stars is funded by a combination of eight individual sponsors, the Irish Greyhound Board and the sale of special restaurant tickets at €100 each.
The tickets are now on sale while the search is on for the eight sponsors at €5,000 apiece. Some have already been taken and anybody interesting in getting involved in the venture should contact committee chairman Pat O'Donovan or any of the committee members.
The Peter Cronin-trained Must Be Electric will put his newly established reputation on the line this evening when he contests the third quarter-final of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup at Dundalk.
Must Be Electric (9.20) burst on the scene last weekend when he won his heat in a near record 20.97 for the 400 yards and a trap six draw should enable him to lead home Con Te Partiro and Neds Opinion.
Aidan McVeigh's Crown Champ (8.35) has been favourite for this classic since the draw and, while he was a long way behind Must Be Electric last week, he will be expected to make amends in a race where Skidroe Again, Steely Passion, Darfin Dancer and Ballymartin Ric will be hard to beat.
My long-range fancy was Vans Viking (9.35) and he will need to do everything right to see off Crokers Champ and Mesedo Black in the fourth heat, while Greenisle Legend (8.50) could well take the remaining heat.
The second round of the Head For Fame @ Stud Puppy Oaks will be run at Harold's Cross. Fastest first round winner Rocknroll Baby (8.40) will take beating again, while the other heat winners can be Newinn Expert (8.55), Fire Height Amy (9.10) and Leamaneigh Mags (9.25).
As anticipated, Jaytee Osprey was an impressive winner of the €10,000 ECC Timber Champion Bitch 550 at Galway on Wednesday. She led by less than a length into the bend from Drumevin Club, but then took complete control to win by five lengths from Drumevin in 29.94.
Trained by Pat Guilfoyle, Jaytee had been bought by John Turner from John Kennedy during the competition and was completing an unbeaten run in the classic.
99 in Derby book
Up to late yesterday afternoon entries for the Boylesports.com Irish Derby had risen to 99 and the general feeling is that it will settle around the 120 mark for Monday's first round draw.