Amigo looks one for the Jackpot punters
Tonight's 11-race card at Shelbourne will be boosted by the presence of a €3,500 Pick 4 Jackpot Guarantee following the failure of the punters to get the winning combination at Saturday night's meeting.
It should guarantee a very healthy pool for a midweek meeting and Larry Dunne could play a very important role in determining the outcome of the pool bet.
Larry has a couple of runners in the jackpot races from his very promising young litter out of the superb Kildallon Maid and Slippery Louise (8.58) and Slippery Amigo (9.13) make strong appeal in their respective outings.
Amigo will be contesting the final of the Dublin Coach A3/4 competition and he looks to have a great chance of following up on last week's easy success in the heats. It is very easy to make strong cases also for Wolf Hill and Master Lego in particular but Amigo appeared to have huge scope as he flew around the circuit.
In the previous race Amigo's litter sister Slippery Louise will make her debut. She is actually handled by Graham Holland but is quite obviously well-schooled and her 16.49 trial around Clonmel suggests buckets of talent.
It is a good varied card and, quite apart from a few sprints, there is also a Novice 750 in which a few potential staying stars will go into action. One which particularly interests me is Noreen Weir's Kildallon Jessie (9.43) which impressed when winning a bitch stake at Enniscorthy last season and was noted for her strong finishes. The six bends should play to her talents and she is given the vote to lead home from Kilara Lexy.
News of a few race dates and changes. Wednesday night racing will return to Kilkenny track on Wednesday, February 24 and that programme will feature the first round heats of the Pat Dunne Track Vet N1/N2 525.
Meanwhile, Limerick track will not race tomorrow night. They race tonight and again on Saturday and the official trials will take place tonight after racing.
The Con & Annie Kirby Memorial is getting closer and owners and trainers are reminded that unofficial trials for Kirby entries will take place this Saturday from 4.30pm to 5.30pm and are bookable in the racing office by contacting 061-448038.
The draw for the GMHD Juvenile Classic was made at Tralee and the €15,000-to-the-winner event attracted a high-class entry of 48 dogs and bitches. Reports suggest that some very fast trials were recorded and the ones that we can definitely report are the 28.40 from the Owen McKenna-trained Escapism and the 28.44 run at Limerick from the Paul Hennessy-trained Double Oh Seven.