Greyhound racing: Sporting Press Irish Oaks
Published 28/05/2011 | 05:00
While the remaining 48 bitches will set out in search of glory in the Sporting Press Irish Oaks at Shel-bourne Park tonight, the final 48 will be battling it out for quarter-final places in the Williamhill.com English Derby at Wimbledon.
With 10 Irish-trained challengers, hopes are rising that we will be celebrating an Irish success across the water in two weeks' time.
Dolores Ruth has dominated the English Classic thus far and it will be a major shock if her two flying Razldazls, Jayfkay and George, don't qualify for Tuesday's next stage.
Jayfkay looks a banker in the opening heat at prohibitive odds, and George is almost as good in Heat 7.
Elsewhere there can be value in the shape of Paul Hennessy's Barefoot Bullet in Heat 3 and Fraser Black's Melodys Royal in Heat 4.
Peter Cronin's Rockview Head could be a real value proposition in the concluding heat.
Shelbourne patrons will be really pampered -- they can also enjoy the Champions League final on the large screens!
Star turn in the Oaks can be the John Linehan-trained Droopys Twirl in Heat 12. Spectacularly impressive in winning the Puppy Oaks a few weeks back, Twirl bids to emulate last year's bitch of the year Dalcash Dvinsky in adding the Irish Oaks to the Puppy Oaks won weeks earlier.
Others worth supporting are Calling Spice in Heat 8, Lady Lucielle in Heat 9, Avalon Honey in Heat 10, Cool It Baby in Heat 13 and Shelbourne Abi in Heat 15.
The Red Mills Champion Unraced final will attract a large crowd to Kilkenny tomorrow and the likelihood is that they will see Boherna Hawk race to victory.
5pts Droopys Twirl 8.46 Shelbourne Pk
3pts Barefoot Bullet 8.55 Wimbledon
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