Saturday 10 December 2016

Witches Belle leads high-class Gain Oaks entry

Published 22/11/2016 | 02:30

'There has been a terrific response to the Gain Oaks and Declan Carey yesterday reported that he already has 37 names in the book for the 36-bitch event which carries a winner's prize of €7,000' (stock photo)
'There has been a terrific response to the Gain Oaks and Declan Carey yesterday reported that he already has 37 names in the book for the 36-bitch event which carries a winner's prize of €7,000' (stock photo)

A high-class card at Shelbourne on Saturday will feature the six second-round heats of the Comerford Cakes Open 525 and the six opening-round heats of the Gain Christmas Oaks.

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There has been a terrific response to the Gain Oaks and Declan Carey yesterday reported that he already has 37 names in the book for the 36-bitch event which carries a winner's prize of €7,000.

What is pleasing is the quality of the entry, which includes four of the six finalists in this year's Sporting Press Irish Oaks: winner Witches Belle, third-placed Sidarian Pearl, fourth home Holycross Leah and Ballymac Sarahjo.

In the meantime, Holycross Leah has run up the Derby final and she won the Night of Stars Bitch 525 which ensures that she will at least vie for favouritism in this hot end-of-season event.

Among the other fancied contenders are Kilgraney June, Bar The Sizzler, Skywalker Pearl, Slippery Louise, Ballinakil Clare, Genuine Honey, In Secret, Droopys Magician, Follys View, Brinkleys Katie, Frankies Lady, Ballymac Belle, Ballymac Scala, Coolavanny Pet and Skip A Beat.

Four will qualify from each heat for the second round to be run on Saturday week..

No betting has yet been issued on the Comerford Cakes Open 525, with 36 dogs remaining for Saturday's second round. It is a strange decision by the firms as this is a wide-open event full of high-class trackers.

A few dogs stand out as possible winners, such as Droopys Wilbury, Whoops Jack, Swithins Brae, Graces Blueboy, Bull Run Bolt, Burgess Dubh, Drive On Tipp and Good News. It looks an ideal platform for an active betting market!

There is a change to the Shelbourne schedule this week with no racing tomorrow, but there will be a special 'Dubs at the Dogs' night on Friday when the Dublin footballers will bring their trophies for a night of celebration with their fans. Admission will cost €10 per adult and €5 per child up to 14 years of age. It promises to be a night of fun with photograph opportunities and spot prizes to be won..

Next week the Christmas schedule will commence at Shelbourne with racing each Friday night in addition to the other three nights. This will mean double meetings in Dublin each Friday and Saturday up to Saturday, December 17.

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