Sunday 21 January 2018

Bigmike and Sheriff to dominate sprint

Harold's Cross is for sale
Harold's Cross is for sale
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

The sprinters provide the class fare in the Peggy Kelly's Islandbridge Sprint at Harold's Cross this evening and the event can be dominated by Ireland's star two-bend performers Ballymac Bigmike and Hee Haws Sheriff.

While those two flying machines will attract crowds through the stiles, the overall entry for the event is disappointing. Advertised for 24 runners, it has attracted just 18, and four will qualify from each of the three heats to provide for semi-finals next week.

Ballymac Bigmike (9.25) has run 19 races and has won 16. Robert Gleeson's dog goes in the first heat and must be a short-priced favourite to win from the likes of Surprising Sea and Afro Jack.

The Ian Reilly-trained Hee Haws Sheriff (9.40) contests Heat 2, and the Curraheen record breaker should be too strong for Nickys Assassin and Razldazl Oisin. The third heat looks an ordinary race in contrast and the veteran bitch Canal View Jenny (9.55) could be the one to beat.

The Harold's Cross card also has four heats of the DGOBA Dublin Cup and this A4 affair has a winner's prize of €4,000. An interesting runner is Tyra Zoey (8.25), which is bred for pace and looks sure to improve on previous form.

The first round of the Red Mills Champion Unraced produced some terrific racing at Kilkenny last Friday and tonight's second round will give us an opportunity to assess the newcomers.

Owen McKenna has taken over Impressive Guy since last week and he goes in the first heat but will be hard pressed to confirm placings with Brendan Matthews' Slipalong Star (8.36).

McKenna has two runners, Keplar Nine and Ballymac Tomasso (8.48) in the second heat and the latter may make amends for last week's defeat.

The early pace of Droopys Who (9.0) will make him difficult to beat in Heat 3, while the final heat will be a cracker with Holycross Super, Sober Call and Pennys Wazowski (9.12) in the line-up.

Irish Independent

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