Dog chat: Quinn on course for Easter Cup treat
No sooner is the Tote Gold Cup behind us than the College Causeway/Killahan Phanter Easter Cup arrives. Many of the top names will be in action when the first round is run at Shelbourne Park on Saturday.
One big name missing will be that of De Ex Factor as he has been committed to the Scottish Derby instead. But his trainer Paul Hennessy will still have a strong team headed by the brilliant Tyrur Quinn. This fellow really sparkled on Saturday night when winning in 29.76 and he is being primed for the Ladbrokes Irish Derby.
Among Hennessy's other runners will be Tranquil Time, which finished second behind Mustang Mission. However, Colorful Champ will not be taking in the Easter Cup as he will be aimed first at the Red Mills Produce Stakes, which kicks off at Clonmel on April 1.
Lunchtime today is the last call for entries and Declan Carey is hoping that a flood come in to meet the required 48 total. Already entered are Shaneboy Lee, Mustang Mission, Forest Rover, Movealong Tony, Superb Course, Fane Basher, Da Hatter, Jester Can Run, Freedom Bolt, Awesome Prince, Faypoint Lad, Castlehill Mick, Hurry On Black, Dolittle Prince and Teflon Don.
There will be quite a turn-out at the Kingdom Stadium in Tralee on Friday night when the final of the Mike Cronin Readymix Juvenile Classic tops a very attractive bill. There is a smashing line-up for this €20,000 decider with Big Appetite the likely favourite.
Two runners have reached the final unbeaten, Big Appetite and Dromore Dazzler, and they occupy the inside traps. Unquestionably, the most impressive dog to reach this stage is Big Appetite, which represents the Judicial Pride Derby-winning team of Cork owner Pat Daly and Tipperary trainer Michael O'Donovan.
What impresses most about this Crash youngster is his all-round pace. Quite apart from possessing a very smart turn of early pace, he finishes like an express train and these qualities can carry him to victory here.
The Gain Feeds Irish Cesarewitch reaches the semi-final stage at Mullingar on Saturday and Kiltrea Kev has emerged as one of the leading contenders. However, Lar Kinsella's Accordello showed on Saturday that he is back in top form and will be hard to beat.
The final of the Kudos Supersprint will be the highlight at Curraheen Park on the same night. In an open affair the vote goes to Yes Boss in the outside box to maintain his unbeaten run in the competition.