Strong start to give Killinan Baby the edge
You might think that with the Derby completed for another year, the tempo on the tracks would slow down somewhat.
But you would be way off the mark as we find the second round of the Track Bookmakers Puppy Derby at Harold's Cross today, while the first round of the Red Mills Irish Laurels starts at Curraheen Park tomorrow.
We can expect a few dogs that didn't particularly shine in the opening round of the puppy Classic to emerge as serious prospects this time – not least Pat Buckley's Killinan Baby (8.11).
She is put forward as the likely winner of a competitive opening heat where she will be opposed by heat winners Vanrooney and Mind The Net but she can wrap it up at the start. If she leads, she wins.
I was surprised when Pat Guilfoyle's Newlawn Impact (8.24) was picked up last week by Dodging Bullets, but the clock was 28.74.
If Newlawn can clear the corner this time, there should be no doubts.
Peter Cronin has a big say in the competition and his Chicago will be all the rage in Heat 3, but Kerry dog Ardfert Rory (8.37) could prove to be a formidable test if he runs the track a bit better than last week.
Noelles Pirlo is an absentee from Heat 4 and this should make the task of Eamonn Cronin's Shes A Terrer (8.50) even easier.
Cronin has two of his heat winners drawn in opposition in Heat 5, where Dodging Bullets (9.16) may pack too much early for El Flutter and Mind The Net. Ian Lawless and James and Jenny Mulligan have the comrades Mays King and Mays Necklace (9.32) in Heat 6, while the final two heats can go to Ian Reilly's impressive Droopys Daylewis (9.45) and Star Ace (10.0).
The semi-finals of the Langton House Hotel Derby take centre stage at Kilkenny.
The trap draw could swing the first in favour of Declan Byrne's Millies Tavern (9.0), while Fiancee Alsation (9.12) can use his experience of the circuit in the second.
The IGB has signed a direct co-mingling contract with WatchandWager.com, the US-licensed advance deposit wagering company and racetrack operator, based in San Francisco.
The contract allows WatchandWager's US-based customers to bet directly into the IGB's Tote and allows for use of live Irish racing data and video streaming on watchandwager.com
It is set to be launched next month and will start with live racing pictures from Shelbourne Park and Harold's Cross, with more racing venues to follow.