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Owen McKenna’s flying machine, Susie Sapphire, is the one to watch this weekend Photo by Ray McManus / Sportsfile

Owen McKenna’s flying machine, Susie Sapphire, is the one to watch this weekend Photo by Ray McManus / Sportsfile

Owen McKenna’s flying machine, Susie Sapphire, is the one to watch this weekend Photo by Ray McManus / Sportsfile

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We all know the standing that Tralee’s juvenile classic holds in the doggy world and the fact that Owen McKenna’s flying machine, Susie Sapphire, is to run in one of the semi-finals of the Race Of Champions Sweepstake at the Oakview venue this Friday night is just dream stuff.

We are talking about the 2021 Irish Oaks, Irish Derby and Puppy Oaks champion and, no matter what lines up in opposition to her, she should fill the place on her own.

Her trainer, Owen McKenna, has won three juvenile classics, with Airforce Diva (2012), Farloe Calvin (2013) and Escapism (2016), and, of course, Owen’s late father, Ger, also enjoyed huge success at the Oakview venue.

The simple fact of the matter is that Owen McKenna wouldn’t be bringing his superstar to Tralee unless he had the highest of regard for the venue and a lot of pride in that can be taken by Declan Dowling and his staff. Yes, this Friday night is going to be pretty special.

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Tralee's 525 record-holder, the brilliant Ballinbola Ed, has shortened to 2/1 to win the English Derby at Towcester , with Tralee’s 570 record-holder, Bobsleigh Dream, a 25/1 shot. Liam Dowling’s Ballymac Fairone is 14/1 and Ballymac Belvult is 66/1.

Tralee’s juvenile classic winner, Singalong Sally, is 10/1 and Cape Cloud, which ran his first six races at Tralee, is 16/1. The quarter-finals take place this Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Liam Dowling has Ballymac Whispa and Ballymac Art running for him in the semi-finals of the Sporting Press Irish Oaks at Shelbourne Park this Saturday, both occupying trap 1, while Gascon Pecas, a litter brother to Bobsleigh Dream and formerly known as Bobsleigh Tiger, created an upset by winning the final of the Produce Stakes at Clonmel on Sunday evening (the Chris Houlihan-trained Seomra Nate was an impressive winner on the supporting card, over 300yds).

It’s not easy to keep a good man down, no matter what aspect of life you talk about, and, in the doggy game, Donal G O’Mahony, of Millstreet, is proof positive of that.

He keeps on being the Owner of the Year at Tralee Track and there he was at last week’s Tuesday SIS meeting pulling off a treble that brought his career total of victories to a whopping 661.

On going that was standard, O’Mahony won the very first race, an A1 525, in 28.83 with Millridge Bryce and he followed up by winning the fourth and tenth races, which were for A2 and A3 class, respectively, with Millridge Mia (29.07) and Millridge Blake (28.93).

Another Owner of the Year award on the way, definitely.

Other winners: Maries Shadow, 29.23; Confident Delia, 28.99; Baltovin Duster, 28.95; Send It Joan, 29.14; Sports Olivia, 29.28; Hadtobe Cain, 29.22; Letsgetcracking, 29.25.


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