Dog chat: Deanridge Fury ideally housed to fly out of traps in Casey final
While the activity in Clonmel may be dominating the greyhound world in the early part of the week, Shelbourne Park will again be the focus of attention at the weekend, with the first round of the Joe Dunne Memorial Stake backing up what promises to be a very exciting John J Casey Open 575 final.
The Joe Dunne had to be delayed by a week to allow a number of contenders be trialled. The entries began to come in yesterday for what looks a good-class entry.
National Puppy Stake winner Fatboyz Tyson will be one of the favourites but other leading fancies include Larry Dunne's Jester Can Run and Paul Hennessy's Rutland Budgie, while Pat Buckley is due to confirm his team this morning.
The John Joe Casey final is very open with Boylesports quoting Deanridge Fury as 5/2 favourite.
Ian Reilly's charge is ideally housed in four where he can make the most of his slick early pace. But he will need to be on his toes to take the bend from Whatsupjack and Three One Three, both of which got fliers from the traps last Saturday.
Accordello will have his usual legion of followers and he will definitely be in contention. Then we have the big-finishing Corporate Attack, who'll be travelling fastest of all at the end. The race is completed by Ashcarne Jack, the outsider but certainly not a no-hoper.
The final of the IGB Open Unraced Stake will be run at Clonmel this evening and this final is the major event of the racing festival being run in conjunction with the National Meeting. There are a number of other finals also down for decision for a card that attracts a huge attendance.
In Curraheen Park, the second round of the Guinness Trophy will be run on Saturday and Elaine Guiney's Kilhoran Venture looks the one to beat. Also on Saturday, the first round of the Vetsearch International Kennedy Cup will be run at Limerick.