Ballydoyle Honey to prevail in dream final
The greyhound season rolls on from one big high to another and this evening the jewel in the crown is the final of the Billy Mulvaney Memorial 600 at Shelbourne.
The quality of the entry confirms the event's appeal and we have a dream final in which Laughil Duke bids to get the better of brilliant litter sisters Ballydoyle Honey and Samiya.
Ballydoyle proved her superiority over Samiya in last week's semi-final but a week earlier Honey had failed by a head to overhaul Laughil Duke in a record-breaking first-round heat.
The draw this evening has worked out in favour of the sisters, with Samiya in the inside box and Ballydoyle Honey on the wide outside.
Laughil has not been quite so lucky as he has to race from trap five but he had a break when trap four runner Highview Apollo was withdrawn through injury.
Laughil will have his problems getting across to the inside on the run-up and that could swing it in favour of Ballydoyle Honey (9.57), and she is nominated to lead home Laughil Duke and Samiya.
One that stands out on the undercard is the Paul Hennessy-trained Jaytee Sahara (8.27), which was a classy performer when known as Local Dancer and must be now ready to rock for her new connections.
Secreto to make mark
The second round of the Kerry Agribusiness Irish St Leger will be run at Limerick and a definite trend can be expected to emerge.
At the end of the session I would anticipate the Moss O'Connor-trained Secreto (10.16) to be right up there among the leading long-odds favourites.
He would prefer an inside draw but has the class to overcome the Hennessy duo of Barefoot Artist and Jaytee Valencia.
Pat O'Brien's Peregrine Falcon (10.01) was the find of the BoyleSports Irish Derby and he showed last week that he has carried that form into the Leger. He looks banker material to win Heat 7.
The semi-finals of the Paddy Power Fair Warrior Open Sprint feature an intriguing clash between Slade Paddy and Catherines Drico (8.33) at Mullingar. Kilgraney Forty and Surprising Sea cannot be ignored but Catherines could be the one.
Tom Buggy's Kilgraney Kidd (8.48) can win the second heat.