Dog Chat: Buckley's Act can get 2010 off to flyer at Wimbledon
While National Puppy champion Fatboyz Tyson is currently chasing further glory in the Joe Dunne Memorial at Shelbourne, the dog that chased him home in the major final will be having his first outing of the year at Wimbledon this evening.
Tullymurry Act was the hot favourite for the National Puppy and he went into the winter break as one of the top fancies for all classic honours this year. Trainer Pat Buckley travelled over to England overnight with three dogs headed by Tullymurry Act and destined for Wimbledon this evening.
"I am going to give three dogs sprint trials at Wimbledon before racing, Tullymurry Act, November Weather and Newlawn Class. I will probably bring them back again on Saturday week and all three might run on Juvenile Championship night," Buckley said.
Newlawn Act is already a confirmed entry for the Juvenile while all three have the English Derby as a target.
Two other Irish-trained dogs will also be trialling tonight in London. Paul Hennessy is sending over his two top stayers Group Skater and Hello Hippy to contest the Golden Jacket which commences at Crayford on Friday. Both are among the top stayers in Ireland and would be expected to go a long way in this competition.
Meanwhile, the semi-finals of the Joe Dunne Memorial on Saturday at Shelbourne should yield two exceptional contests. Incredibly, for the second round in a row, Paul Hennessy's trio of Barefoot Bullet, Budgie Burglar and Priceless Chef have been drawn in the same race. It will be quite a task for them all to qualify this time.
The other heat sees Fatboyz Tyson well housed in six while Jester Can Run is fancied to better Saturday's display. Pablo Supreme and Boher Master are two other very interesting runners.
For the three remaining Wednesdays in February there will be free admission to Shelbourne for all ladies and tomorrow includes a healthy Pick 7 carry-over.
The Vetsearch International Kennedy Cup continues at Limerick on Saturday while the semi-finals of the Guinness Trophy runs at Curraheen Park. Looking ahead, the Mike Cronin Readymix Juvenile Classic starts at Tralee on March 5 and the prize fund for this unraced competition will be €38,000, of which the winner will collect €20,000.