Buckley's 'Dargle' to shine at Mullingar
There will be a big focus on the Mullingar track for the next few weeks with the All Pet Supplies Irish Cesarewitch 600 drawing out plenty of performers.
Twice in the last three years Pat Buckley has taken this prize and he is a big player again with Droopys Dargle and Javielenko giving him real prospects of landing the €6,000 prize.
Droopys Dargle, which he trains for London publican Austin Whelan, is probably his main hope but she has drawn a difficult Heat 2.
Her main rivals will be the evergreen Jaytee Dutch, his fellow Paul Hennessy-trained kennelmate Priceless Rum and Declan Byrne's Crohane Ronnie. It won't be easy but the progressive Droopys Dargle can come through.
Javielenko returns from a lay-off and at his best would take all the beating in Heat 4 but Peter Connolly's Sellout Magic might be the safer option.
Local trainer Francie Murray has found the Cesarewitch a happy hunting ground over the years and his Date Due looks banker material in Heat 3.
As ever there is a top-class card at Shelbourne with the main race being the final of the Ladbrokes AO 525.
There was a terrific battle between Ian Reilly's Oi Oi Upenalty and Lughill Ivy in the semi-final with the former getting through by three parts of a length.
If she can get off to a reasonable start she can power home to victory. Titus Spirit also merits respect.
The hugely valuable Con & Annie Kirby Memorial will be closing to entries at Limerick on Monday and the office will be open to accept the last runners.