Tuesday 12 December 2017

Braedon withdrawn from Limerick final

Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Robert Gleeson has decided not to run his leading young prospect Droopys Braedon in tomorrow's Vetsearch Recharge 525 final at Limerick.

As reported earlier in the week, Braedon had emerged from the Vetsearch semi-final with metacarpal problems and a decision was left to later in the week about his participation. Yesterday afternoon Gleeson said that it had been decided not to risk the dog.

"We felt that it wasn't worth the risk; he could have aggravated the problem and we have decided to keep him for the Con Kirby which starts in just over five weeks."

Gleeson also confirmed that Droopys Nidge will not have a trial tomorrow as originally planned. "Basically we haven't been able to get a gallop into the dog this week and hopefully the weather will be kinder next week. We will give him a sprint trial at Shelbourne on Saturday week and then a 525 the week before the Easter Cup commences.

The prospects for the completion of the Greyhound Festival at Clonmel this weekend have greatly increased with the much more favourable forecasts for the weekend. Reports from the Clonmel area areso encouraging the situation should be much better by the appointed time.

The programme at Clonmel track tomorrow includes six finals and is set to get under way at 7.30 with no reports of any late changes to the line-up for the major races. Razldazl Oisin remains the favourite for the Red Mills/ TSC Unraced with Ballydoyle Honey the main market rival. Similarly, Volcano is the hot favourite for the final of the Greyhound & Pet World Open 790.

Aliya best

The Inter Track service will come from Harold's Cross and Tralee this evening and a few that might be worth having on your side at the Cross include Ballymac Aliya, Daylens Tornado, Starshineappollo and Ravenswood Gold.

Best bet could well be the Liam O'Rourke trained Ballymac Aliya (8.40). This one has now come back from A1 to A3 company and should take full advantage of the favourable grade and draw in this contest.

Anthony Hamilton has enjoyed plenty of luck with his runners in the past year and Daylens Tornado (8.55) looks due another success in an A5 contest. He ran on well last week when just failing to get up and can make amends now.

The Starshine Syndicate have enjoyed a good run in recent times and their Starshineappollo (9.10) can follow up last week's victory despite a rise in grade. Ravenswood Gold (10.25), normally a strong finisher, has changed kennels since his last outing and could score for new handler Tommy Bolton in the finale.

Irish Independent

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