Sport Greyhounds

Saturday 17 February 2018

Ballyhooly Henry heads Mulvaney 600 field

Boylesports Duke hadn't been entered yesterday evening but is likely to be in the field.
Boylesports Duke hadn't been entered yesterday evening but is likely to be in the field.
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Greyhound folk are still recovering from Saturday's hugely successful Boylesports Derby final night at Shelbourne, but there is little time for relaxation as the big time continues on the tracks.

Many of the stars will be back in action at Shelbourne on Saturday where the first round of the Mulvaney Family Memorial 600 will be run along with the finals of the National Unraced Sales Stakes.

The entries have been coming in encouragingly for the Mulvaney 600 which is now recognised as the traditional Derby follow-up event.

The list is headed by the Tom O'Neill-trained Ballyhooly Henry, which won the Gain 600 at this same venue early in the season. He was pipped by Boylesports Duke in a thrilling contest on Saturday and has a major chance of landing this €7,500 prize.

Boylesports Duke hadn't been entered yesterday evening but is likely to be in the field.

Other big names include Farloe Joey, Water Fern, Martinstown Hawk, Chubbys Sarah, Mountttaylor Queen, Droopys Ford, Vivaro Swift, Coconut Corker and Karlow Melody. The draw will be made tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, it would appear that all six finalists will go to traps for the major Unraced Sales final on Saturday.

This event has a winner's prize of €10,000 and the favourite will be Sandra Guilfoyle and John Kennedy's highly rated Good News, which has won his two races to date in 28.44 and 28.30.

Puppy stars

The Dublin Coach Juvenile Derby got off to a terrific start at Harold's Cross with the traditional huge Derby-Eve attendance and many shock results through the evening.

The two stars of the round were both in the same Heat 4, where the Pat Norris-trained Bull Run Bolt maintained his winning ways.

He had won the Texacloth at Newbridge the previous Friday and made it four wins on the trot as he collared the impressive Droopys Wilbury in the final strides for a half-length verdict in 28.51.

Another to make a real impression was Ballymac Tomasso from the Owen McKenna kennels.

He went straight to the front in the final heat and stayed there when leading home Charder Girl by two and a half lengths in 28.74, and he would have to be included in the list of three dogs to take against the field in this puppy classic.

Unfortunately, the firms are not betting on this event yet.

Irish Independent

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