One of the leading females in training last year, brilliant Oaks runner-up Cabra Millie, makes her long-awaited return when she contests a heat of the Open Bitch Stake at Clonmel tonight.
Graham Holland originally hoped that Cabra Millie might make it back in time for the Night of Stars meeting, but time was against her.
However, her 28.61 trial around Shelbourne over two weeks back showed that she is not far from top fitness and she will be fancied to make a winning return.
Mind you, this will be no saunter in the park as among her rivals will be Declan Byrne's exciting young bitch, Melodys Diamond. Both should progress, but Cabra Millie must be given the vote.
It is a high-class programme at Clonmel and other fancies in the bitch stake would be Gary Loughnane's Tyra Cool and Pat Buckley's Jaytee Dancer.
The Dolores Ruth-trained Razldazl Marilyn is potentially Ireland's top stayer and she will launch her season in a heat of the charity Jack Memorial Open Bitch 790, where she would have to be fancied to win pretty handily.
on a tight-graded card at Shelbourne, Tommy Bolton's CRYPTIC JESTER should be well suited to the move up to 575 yards and can take the final race (10.10). He showed signs of a return to form last week, but needs to get away quicker.
Seamus Graham's MESEDO BLACK is a leading two-bender and showed on Saturday that he can stay the 525. He needs to get away smartly but has the ability to beat his rivals in the seventh race (9.25).
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No Galway Fridays
There will be no racing at the Galway track for the next two Fridays due to rugby games at the venue between Connacht and Zebre tomorrow and then the Irish Wolfhounds versus English Saxons next week.