Buckley duo make up International line-up
Tipperary trainer Pat Buckley will have two runners in Sunday week's Marshes Shopping Centre International at Dundalk following the confirmation yesterday that both Lenson Sanchez and Paradise Silva have got the nod for the final two places in the €20,000 invitation race over 550 yards.
They join the previously confirmed quartet of Ballymac Matt, Cable Bay, Making Paper and Swift Keith and the draw will be made on Monday morning at 10.30 provided there are no late fitness tests following weekend trials.
Lenson Sanchez is the winner of last year's English Puppy Derby and BIF Night of Stars 525, while a few weeks ago he ran in the semi-final of the English Derby.
His kennel companion Paradise Silva, which is in totally different ownership, won last year's Irish St Leger and recently was favourite for the final of the BoyleSports Race of Champions at Tralee.
Revilo's Longford vote
Longford Track is one of the minnows of the Irish greyhound industry but it certainly trades punches at more than its weight in the racing stakes.
This is the big night of the year at the venue with the final of the €5,000 Longford Derby the highlight of a very interesting and varied 11-race programme.
As already revealed here earlier in the week, likely favourite Painstown Chief had to be withdrawn due to an unfortunate hock injury and so trap three will be vacant.
His defection leaves us with an open contest but Philip Fitzpatrick's Revilo Blue has the box and the make-up to claim the title. She can fly to the bend and, when in front, is not the easiest to haul back.
Francie Murray, co-sponsor of the event with Howard Wallace, has the Caran Walsh-owned Long Term running from the inside box and this fellow really stepped up to the plate last week.
The field is completed by quick-starting Dark Intentions, and the staying duo of Ravenswood Gold and Whaoo Wheoo but early pace can win the day and Revilo Blue (9.45) is awarded the vote.
Free fare at Youghal
Another of our minnows, Youghal, is the venue for the final of the Red Mills Unraced Bitch Stake this evening.
It is also the first night of the Track Supporters Club-sponsored Summer Free Admission which will be available each Monday and Friday up to August 21.
There should be a huge crowd present for a hotly-contested affair between a group of flying young females. John Lenihan's Droopys Aurora and Donal Murphy's Badminton Rossa are the likely fancies but the Phil Gough-trained Happy Omen (9.33) was an unlucky loser last week and she can take advantage of her draw.