Almond and Times withdrawn from Dublin finals
There have been withdrawals from two of the major finals at the Dublin tracks this weekend, and both will be five-dog contests.
The most valuable event is the final of the Comerford Cakes Open 525 at Shelbourne on Saturday and here Pat Buckley has withdrawn Droopys Almond, one of his two qualifiers for the final. The youngster sprained a wrist in the previous round and will be out of action for a few months.
This means that trap two will be vacant in this contest.
Boyles have issued betting and they make Good News the favourite at 2/1 and it is then tight between Bull Run Bolt at 5/2, Droopys Wilbury at 11/4 and Drive On Tipp at 3/1.
The other runner is Jaytee Samurai which will be appealing to some each way punters at 16/1.
Tomorrow's Track Bookmakers Marathon final at Harold's Cross will also have just five runners as Ann Wade has withdrawn Trying Times and betting on this €9,000 event will surely mainly concern Jaytee Patriot and UK challenger Roxholme Magic.
Jaytee Patriot is a newcomer to eight-bend racing but has done well in the first two rounds and could well enhance an already great year for John Turner and Paul Hennessy. Surprisingly, no firm has yet priced up this event.
The other big final in Ireland at the weekend will be Gain Christmas Oaks at Shelbourne, where Ballinakil Clare is the likely favourite but which is a wide-open contest.
The Dublin meeting this evening will be at Shelbourne and it is a tightly graded affair. The best bets may come at the end of the programme.
PJ Fahy's Tyrur Carter (9.58) looked useful on his debut and, while he has disappointed a little since, he looks to be well drawn in this A2 contest.
Another worth noting is the Graham Holland-trained Clares Queen (10.13). She is a strong running type and looks well drawn on the rails.