Saturday 24 March 2018

Black calls time on sparkling Jet career

Dog race
Dog race
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

After two terrific campaigns, leading tracker Droopys Jet has been retired from racing and will be taking up stud duties next week at the Droopys Kennels in Portlaw.

Rathangan trainer Fraser Black confirmed that Jet ran his last race in the Night of Stars 550 last weekend and is ready for the move to Co Waterford and his new career.

During his career he won a Novice Stake at Thurles and followed up by winning the Joe Dunne Memorial at Shelbourne, then the Townviewfoods .com Champion Stakes and the Red Mills Night of Stars 525.

He was a semi-finalist in last year's English Derby and a finalist this year, while he reached the quarter and semi-finals of the Irish Derby in the last two years.

Meanwhile, Harold's Cross should host a fine crowd tonight for one of the track's best cards of 2013, with nine Open races on offer.

There will be five heats of the Ted Hegarty Marathon and there should be a few winning short-priced favourites, though this event invariably throws up a surprise packet having its first attempt over the real stamina testing trip.

It will be a surprise if the UK star stayers Barley Bussell (8.45) and Aayamzabella (9.0) fail to oblige in what appear to be handy heats.

The latter is under the care of Karol Ramsbottom and her trial suggests she has settled in well. However, the raiders will have a task in beating the best of ours before this competition is over.

Two of our top hopes are Handonthefan (8.0) and Lookusup, which clash in what could be the race of the night. The former is very strong over this distance and gets the vote.

There could also be an interesting clash in the third heat between White Tip Lady and Plutos Rena (8.30) and the latter just gets the call.

Bet of the day

The Harold's Cross card also features the four first-round heats of the Fast Trap Greyhound Supplies Gold Collar and there should be thrills galore.

The bet of the night looks to be Atitboy (10.0), trained up in Hillsborough by Ronnie McKeown. He handles the track well and his early pace can be too much for his rivals.

In the other heats the best options may be Monleek Force (9.30) to see off Pay The Lolly, Ballyhoe Elsa (9.45) and Royal Diva (10.15), which can get the better of the useful Mays King.

Thunder to strike

A third major event kicking off this evening is the Tullymurry Act/Slip The Lark Kingdom Derby at Tralee and there are a few excellent trackers in action.

Ardfert Thunder (9.25) gets the call in the first heat at the expense of Riptide Movement, while others recommended are Sidaz Eagle (10.10) and Fiery Splendour (10.25).

Irish Independent

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