Dog Chat: Shelbourne chiefs' joy at Gold Cup full house
It was refreshing yesterday to learn from Shelbourne assistant manager Justin Kenny that there will be a full complement of entries for the valuable Tote Gold Cup, which kicks off at Shelbourne on Saturday night.
Kenny reported: "We will definitely have the full 48 entry when we make the draw (today).
"There are over 30 in the book at the moment and we still have to confirm the entries from Paul Hennessy, John McGee, Conor Fahy, Owen McKenna, Pat Buckley and a few others..
What's even better news is the quality of the line-up, so we can be assured of eight high-class first-round heats on Saturday night.
That should guarantee further impressive betting figures after last Saturday, which was the best of the year to date.
Considering such a figure was attained when there were almost 40,000 at Croke Park for the big league double bill was very encouraging.
Among the dogs already entered for the Tote competition are Oran Jaguar, Jonny Whitesox, Judicial Academy, Rockchase Zico, Across The River, Quick Lee, the Razldazl quartet of George, Barack, Lord and Broadway, Broadstrand Lad, Dirty Old Town, Caletta Ventura, Tolerton Crasher, Ballymac Tipp, Movealong Tony, Cabra Legend, Joey Jojo Junior, Magical Ozzie and Slippery Bog.
The draw for the Roches Feeds Oaks will be made at Limerick today also and the number in the book had reached the high 60s by yesterday afternoon.
This also promises to be a real high-class affair, with most of the top bitches in the country in action.
Unfortunately, the brilliant Oaks winner Dalcash Dvinsky won't be there as she had a little setback following her trial around the track.
Likely ante-post favourite is the Marie Gilbert-trained Mozzletoff, which showed such promise as a puppy and was a magnificent third in the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stake at Shelbourne.
Meanwhile, there is still no word on the overdue appointment of a chairman and a couple of new members of the Irish Greyhound Board.