Saturday 23 September 2017

Dog Chat: Champ in top form for assault on St Leger

The opening skirmishes completed, we can anticipate some cut-throat action in both the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger at Limerick and the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake at Shelbourne this weekend.

Indeed, the greyhound world enters pre-Christmas mode this week, with Shelbourne and Harold's Cross both set to race on Friday and Saturday nights each weekend up to December 18.

It's going to be a hectic time and filling four cards per week will present its own headaches for racing managers Declan Carey and Derek Frehill.

The new Limerick Stadium has got off to a tremendous start and the remaining four nights of the St Leger will boost their figures handsomely.

There should be a huge crowd for next Saturday's meeting, which features eight second-round heats.


Colorful Champ and Farley Blitz share favouritism in the books of Boylesports and Paddy Power, varying between 8/1 and 17/2, while Makeshift and Farley Turbo come next at odds between 9/1 and 10/1.

Fastest first-round winner Christmas Box hasn't hit a chord with the layers just yet and it will be interesting to see how he fares in his Heat 8 clash on Saturday with Colorful Champ and Beaming Dilemma.

Colorful Champ was very impressive in winning his heat at the weekend and looks capable of going a long way in the Classic.

The draw hasn't been too kind to the Farley brothers as they clash in Heat 5, where fast-starting Huckabees Kid, long-priced heat winner Nicken Shaw and Skywalker Queen will make things difficult.

The draw for the second round of the National Puppy Stake has given Owen McKenna's Farloe Force a great chance of making up for his weekend defeat by Hardy Buck. He looks set for a thrilling tussle with Tommy O'Donovan's Simple Class.

Mozzletoff is another set to step up this time, with Marie Gilbert's flying bitch likely to lead them home in Heat 2 and Mossie O'Connor's Deerfield Music has an excellent chance of getting his head in front in Heat 4.

But fastest first-round winner Rockchase Zico faces a really tough test in Heat 3, where Modern Man, Cool Dude and Pennys Viking will test him to the limit.

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