Dog Chat: Kingdom's GAA stars on track to raise funds
Kerry's extra-time victory over Cork on Sunday should provide a rich harvest for the Kingdom Stadium in Tralee on Friday night.
It will be the occasion of the huge Kerry GAA fund-raiser at the track and the entire victorious football team will be present. Paul Galvin will be one of the two judges for the Best Dressed Lady award on the night, the other being the current Kerry Rose.
It promises to be a massive night at the track, with a generously sponsored programme; the highlight will be the final of the Lynch family-sponsored Paddy O'Sullivan Memorial Race of Champions.
The line-up is in keeping with the title, as it would do justice to a Derby final. The two main players in the market will be semi-final winners Tullymurry Act and Colorful Champ and the break could decide it.
But when you have the likes of St Leger winner Bar Blackstone, Laurels winner Sevenheads Bay and the in-form duo of Lassa Extreme and Beaming Dilemma to add in to the mix, you have a race to really savour.
The Sporting Press Irish Oaks is at the quarter-final stage and defending champion Skywalker Queen is joined on the 4/1 co-favourite mark by the litter sisters Dalcash Dvinsky and Freedom Seacrest.
This is a high-quality bitch classic and strong cases can be made for most of the survivors. The value bet would appear to be the 8/1 available about the unbeaten Clearview Kelly.
Looking at the make-up of the semis, it will be difficult to keep big-finishing Droopys Kina out of the final in an opening heat where Dalcash Dvinsky and Clearview Kelly are entitled to be the favourites.
Freedom Seacrest is well drawn in the second heat and Skywalker Queen will wear her beloved striped jacket. These two should qualify and it will be a case of whether Tyrgal Lola gets off to her usual fast start and keeps ahead.
The week ends on a big note at Kilkenny, where the 21st annual BEAM meeting will be staged on Sunday. There is the usual high-class card on offer with Air Force Solo the likely winner of the Dobbs Oil Unraced.
On the same evening, the quarter-finals of the Munster Derby will be run at Clonmel.