Dog Chat: Tyson set to pack a punch in Red Mills Stakes
Fatboyz Tyson and Colorful Champ head a top-class entry for the Red Mills Produce Stakes, which commences at Clonmel on Thursday night. Course manager Eddie Anderson reported yesterday that he was close to the required number of 96 entries.
Colorful Champ ran at Clonmel on Sunday when winning impressively in 29.69 but it was a late decision on the part of Pat Gordon to enter Fatboyz Tyson, already the winner of the National Puppy Stake and the Joe Dunne Memorial at Shelbourne Park.
Other big names figuring in the list include Barefoot Bullet, Kevins Star, Joey Jojo Junior, Pablo Supreme, Broadstrand Lad, Droopys Zorro and Sunday's highly impressive winner Coolcastle Jet. The draw will be made this morning.
The big race of the week is the final of the Gain Feeds Irish Cesarewitch at Mullingar on Saturday and semi-final running has certainly pinpointed the prospects of the Pat Guilfoyle-trained Definite Opinion. The son of Surf Lorian has reached the final unbeaten and his run last weekend was outstanding.
He flew from the traps and posted a brilliant time in winning by five and a half lengths in 33.06, the fastest time for the trip in three years. As an inside seed, he has to run from six in the final and that opens up possibilities. The obvious danger is Accordello. The way he ran on in defeat against Rough Robinho would suggest that he can produce a really big run. He could be the value bet on the night.
Cesarewitch final night at Mullingar is always quite special and there is a top-class supporting card.
The second round of the College Causeway/Killahan Phanter Easter Cup will be run at Shelbourne on Saturday and the draw has produced some interesting clashes. In all, there are seven of PJ Fahy's Tyrur team in contention and the running of Tyrur Quinn will be under the spotlight after his third in the opening round. There will be a €40,000 guaranteed Pick 7 pool at Shelbourne tomorrow night.
The semi-finals of the Kerry GOBA Open 550 will be run at Tralee this evening and Ardera Power can maintain his unbeaten record in the competition. Also this evening, the Scottish Derby kicks off at Shawfield with six Irish challengers, including De Ex Factor and Beaming Dilemma.