Friday 23 February 2018

Ballymac a confirmed starter for Dundalk

Ballymac Matt is expected to challenge for the Marshes Shopping Centre International at Dundalk (stock image)
Ballymac Matt is expected to challenge for the Marshes Shopping Centre International at Dundalk (stock image)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Last Saturday's hugely impressive Gain 600 winner Ballymac Matt has been confirmed a definite runner for the Marshes Shopping Centre International at Dundalk on Sunday week.

Liam Dowling yesterday confirmed that the brilliant son of Tyrur Big Mike and Ballymac Scarlet will run in the €20,000 one-run 550-yard International. His 32.13 Shelbourne run would suggest that he will be a major player in the race.

English Derby third Eden The Kid will not be travelling over. He goes for the Select Stakes at Nottingham. The confirmed starters so far are Ballymac Matt, Making Paper and Swift Keith while other entries include Paradise Silva, Paradise Maverik, Lenson Sanchez, Cable Bay, Skywalker Farloe and Fair Taxes.

Painstown Chief, which would have been the likely favourite for Friday's Longford Derby final, will miss the race.

Trainer Paul Hennessy reports that the dog sprained a hock in winning the semi-final and will be out of action for some time. "It's my fourth sprained hock on different tracks in the past few weeks," the trainer said.

As the event carries a winner's prize of €5,000, no reserve will be allowed.

Traffic warning

Owners, trainers and patrons travelling to Shelbourne Park this evening are warned that there could be traffic problems in the area due to the AC/DC concert which is taking place in the neighbouring Aviva Stadium. The gates at Aviva are due to open at 6pm and traffic will be very heavy.

There are a couple of finals on the Shelbourne card and they will provide a few likely bets - albeit at relatively short odds.

First of them is Graham Holland-trained Cabra Coco (8.30) in the Burger Deal A5/6 final. Ava Scally's bitch displayed fine early last week and can be too strong for Crossfield Dolly.

In the BoyleSports A5/6 final, the Willie Mullan-trained House Manners (8.45) clearly has the winning of it if he can reproduce his fast start of last week. Paul Gallagher's dog should be too strong for Dirt Bird Boy and Dog Marley.

Blue now Archie

The performance of Thunderbolt Blue at Shelbourne last Thursday was a real eye-catcher and it was no surprise to learn that the dog has changed hands.

The son of Top Savings and Cabra Fifi made a winning debut at Galway in 28.78 and then at Shelbourne he was contesting an A2 contest and flew out to score a five-length victory over Miss Whiskers in 28.42. The October '13 whelp was owned by Alice Guilfoyle and daughter Sandra and has been bought by Ray Patterson. He will remain with Pat Guilfoyle and will be known as Skywalker Archie when he contests the Dublin Coach Puppy Derby at Harold's Cross.

Irish Independent

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