Dog chat: Red-hot Tyrur Enda in mood to blitz field
The Tyrur team still dominates the betting on the Pat Hennerty Sales Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park, but Enda has displaced Big Mike as the favourite ahead of Saturday's second round.
Big Mike didn't look at all happy on the Cork circuit at the weekend, but it could be a totally different matter from a more suitable trap-five draw next time up.
It is a difficult heat, with the well-fancied Broadstrand Lad and Colorful Champ in opposition, but Big Mike will have a better sweep at the bends from five and should turn in a very fast run.
Enda, on the other hand, really handled the track to perfection and a trap-one draw in Heat 8 should be ideal. He can make the most of his early pace and race on to victory -- and don't rule out the possibility of a new track-record time.
It was nice to see Tullymurry Act come back to his best form and he should brush aside whatever difficulty he might have with trap six with an easy victory in Heat 3.
We made Jonny Whitesox our top bet on Saturday and he duly came up trumps in the fastest time of the round and this dog can go a long way in this competition.
The Track Bookmakers Puppy Derby has reached the quarter-final stage at Harold's Cross and a big three has emerged in Lolos Joe, Mountjoy Rock and Kerrydale Lar.
The first and third-named will renew their Texacloth final rivalry in the first heat on Friday, with Westmead Maldini thrown in for good measure. There is a slight preference for Kerrydale Lar on this occasion.
James Roche's Mountjoy Rock has brilliant early pace and that can carry him to victory in Heat 4.
There promises to be a tremendous battle for the Droopys Stud Munster Oaks title at Kilcohan Park on Saturday and the race for first-bend supremacy could be quite something.
Clearview Kelly could pick them all off to land the €5,000 prize.