Greyhound Racing: Priceless Sky handed tough test in first run-out of year
A decision to delay Priceless Sky's 2013 debut until the English Derby has been reversed and the dog will open his campaign in a sprint warm-up at Limerick tomorrow night.
The Paul Hennessy-trained Priceless Sky shook off injury problems towards season's end when he starred in the St Leger at Limerick. Victory in the final eluded him in the cruellest circumstances when he was caught in the final strides by Cashen Mafuma.
He will return to Limerick tomorrow when he contests his first ever sprint and he could hardly have asked for a tougher baptism than pitched against the brilliant two-bender Bulmers Baby. Hennessy says that Priceless Sky will run in the SIS Live Gold Cup at Shelbourne next week if he comes through tonight's race unscathed.
Hennessy also reports that his runner Barefoot Printer will be an absentee from tomorrow's first semi-final of the Feramo D Open 525 at Limerick due to an injury sustained last week.
Leading Irish stayer White Soks Roks will continue his challenge for the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket at Crayford tomorrow. Under the temporary care of Danny Riordan, White Soks Roks goes in the opening heat and meets old rival Oneco Cool in a race where Droopys Xavier is likely to dispute favouritism with the Irish-owned dog.
Despite the presence of 2011 Irish Derby finalist Rockview Head, LODGEFIELD SNAP looks a tempting proposition at Harold's Cross this evening in the Open/A1 eighth race. Peter Traynor's bitch has an excellent strike rate and has the perfect inside draw.
Another worth noting at the Cross is Danny Cawley's PUCKER UP in an A2 525.
There should be a great reception at Kilkenny tonight when Denny Lennon parades his newly crowned Boylesports.com Derby winner Thomas The Tank. A special presentation will be made to connections to mark their marvellous success.
The final chapter of the Festival of Racing will be written at Clonmel on Sunday evening when the card will include no fewer than five finals.
There are a number of tempting bets, such as Owen McKenna's AIRFORCE PRINCE (8.30), Niall Dunne's LATE ARRIVAL (8.45), Graham Holland's MURRALLI JUNIOR (9.15), and John Stanton's BRUNSWICK JENNY (9.30), which looks the banker.