Dog chat: Relief as Paradise okay after heavy fall
Paradise Madison is fine following his heavy fall in the National Puppy Stake final at Shelbourne Park.
For a dog with an old leg problem, the fall conjured up a nightmare scenario.
The first welcome sight was to see him picking himself up and chasing the field to the pick-up. However, sometimes injuries are not evident until the dog has cooled down the following morning.
Happily, owner Dave Buckley reported: "He is sound. Ollie (Bray) had him out on Sunday morning and he was running around on the gallop as if nothing had happened. We were blessed that he came out of the incident without an injury".
The owner and trainer will sit down this week to discuss future plans for the dog. "He will definitely have a break now and we will see then what way we go," Buckley said.
One thing can be taken for granted – Paradise Madison is unlikely to run again over 525 yards. This means the SIS Live Gold Cup and the McKenna Family Easter Cup would be the more likely early 2013 targets, with both being run over 550 yards at Shelbourne.
The action continues thick and fast this week. On Friday the finals of the Ted Hegarty Marathon and the Tote Gold Collar will be run at Harold's Cross, while the final of the Kingdom Derby will be run at Tralee.
Then on Saturday, the Christmas Oaks semi-finals will be run at Shelbourne.
The Hegarty final should be a real cracker, with precious little between all six finalists. Jerry Griffin's Future Boy will go off favourite but Ballymac Swift has really impressed as an out-and-out stayer that will be travelling hardest of all at the finish.
In the Tote Gold Collar, the one to beat is probably Tarbrook Tornado, one of two finalists for trainer Fraser Black. Borna Gem is a hot favourite to win the Oaks at headquarters. Ruairi Dwan's strapping female is in superb form but she will have to do things right in what is a very tricky second semi-final.
The other heat is also wide open, with Irish Oaks finalists Rockburst Delta and Tantallons Kay the likely favourites.