Dog chat: Paradise the red-hot favourite to bag €15,000 Puppy title
Following his stunning record run at Shelbourne, Paradise Madison is a prohibitive 2/5 favourite to win the final of the €15,000 National Puppy Stake on Saturday.
Just two other finalists are in single figures, with Leamaneigh Story at 9/2 and Droopys Adler at 7/1. You can then bet 14/1 bar the three.
By virtue of his 27.92, 27.96 and the sensational 27.67 runs, Paradise Madison has become a worldwide sensation and his presence will ensure another mighty crowd for the final.
Paddy Hennessy from Kilteely in county Limerick has seen his two pups Leamaneigh Story and Leamaneigh Turbo reach the final and they are there totally on merit.
They are sons of Ace Hi Rumble and Turbo Flight and Story, in particular, has real prospects in the final given his trap one draw and his excellent record.
There is a tremendous supporting card, with the second round of the Shelbourne Oaks also down for decision as well as a host of Opens.
All four heats of the Oaks promise to produce top-class racing and we can expect Borna Gem to bounce back to her best form after defeat last Saturday.
The semi-finals of both the Ted Hegarty Marathon and the Tote Gold Collar will be run on Friday at Harold's Cross. The race of the night could be the second heat of the Marathon, where Future Boy will tackle heat winners Storm Pockets and Greenisle Molly.
Fraser Black, who won the Night of Stars 525 with Droopys Jet at the weekend, has two strong contenders in the Gold Collar in Mays Milan and Tarbrook Tornado. The latter was fastest in the second round but faces a very difficult task with Murralli Junior, Head For Fame and Swift Marathon among his rivals.
Also on Friday, the second round of the Kingdom Derby will be run at Tralee. The first heat looks interesting with heat winners Black Warrior, Power Of God and Stonepark Crash in opposition while the well-drawn Kilbarry Rover will surely play a prominent role.
Kokoro caught the eye last weekend and will run well in the second heat where Shaneboy Alley, Toms Brett and Razldazl Bugatti renew first round rivalry.