Dog Chat: Spearhawk and Bolt set early standards
Young Clogherhead trainer Craig Kelly is creating waves in the greyhound world and he has unearthed a star in Spearhawk, which produced a brilliant performance in the first round of the Red Mills Produce Stakes at Clonmel on Sunday.
The son of Droopys Vieri, in just the fifth race of his career, flashed from traps and raced to a most impressive three-length victory over Shelbourne Geoff in 28.47.
His reward has been a very tricky draw in the second round where he is due to meet Crossfield Jet, Piercestown Sand and Jamaican Man in the third heat.
The other star of Sunday's heats was Colourful Bolt and this fellow will face fellow heat winners Power Charge, Colorful Marco and Tarbrook Texan in a red-hot opening heat.
Meanwhile, there will be four Irish-trained dogs in action at Shawfield tonight in the second round heats of the Bettor.com Scottish Derby. It couldn't be classified the strongest ever Irish challenge for the event but in Fraser Black's Krug Ninety Five we have a dog with the pedigree to go close to winning this Classic.
He has finished third in both the English and Irish Derby finals but has a tricky draw in Heat 4, where he has Owen McKenna's pacy tracker Farloe Force on his immediate inner.
McKenna's Pablo Supreme faces a tough task against Boher Legend and Farley Blitz in the opening heat, while Pat Buckley's Beaming Dilemma could run a big race in what is a weak enough third heat.
The College Causeway/ Killahan Phanter Easter Cup will reach the semi-final stage on Saturday night at Shelbourne and we have two interesting and open contests.
Dolores Ruth must have strong chances in both with Makeshift and Razldazl George. Makeshift seems to be reaching top form at the right time but he will need another fast start to lead Tyrur Carey, Broadstrand Lad, Droopys Joe and Cian Abbey to the bend.
In the other heat, Razldazl George will have to overcome the dreaded inside box, not to mention Slippery Bob, Molotov and the ideally housed Talktoyoulad. The McCarthy Insurances Oaks second round will be run at Curraheen on Saturday.