Saturday 7 December 2019

Cold weather to pose no problem for Snowy

'No problems are expected for the race rescheduled for this evening' Photo: Sportsfile
'No problems are expected for the race rescheduled for this evening' Photo: Sportsfile

Michael Fortune

A hare malfunction following heavy rain prevented racing being held at Shelbourne last Saturday but no problems are anticipated when the meeting is rescheduled for headquarters this evening.

The news from Declan Carey yesterday was that all is in readiness with no anticipated withdrawals.

The threat of frost hangs in the air but Carey anticipates no problem, saying: "We have plenty of salt down and there should be no difficulty."

Last week's lost meeting caused the start of the Joe Dunne Memorial Puppy Stake and the Best Car Parks Gold Cup to be put back and they now commence on the next two weekends.

The highlight promises to be the penultimate race, which has a star-studded field, with any of the six runners well capable of a run in the region of 28.30.

Graham Holland's fast-starting bitch Skywalker Pearl will have plenty of friends but the vote goes to Larry Dunne's Slippery Snowy (10.12) to lead them home from a favourable trap six draw. Mucho Macho Man is another sure to enter the fray here.

There should be a bumper attendance at Clonmel tomorrow evening for the quarter-finals of the Red Mills Open Unraced, and the focus of attention will be the flying youngster Razldazl Duke (9.00), bought by John Boyle since last week's sensational 28.37 run. He is likely to run under his old name as the name Boylesports Duke has not yet been officially registered. Barring accidents, Duke should win comfortably, with Declan Byrne's Mustang Noplan following him home.

Duke's litter brothers Razldazl Ri (9.15) and Razldazl Tierna (9.30) can also score, along with Graham Holland's Colarhouse Jim (9.45).

Last night's meetings at Kilkenny and Newbridge were called off, while today's trials at Youghal, Waterford and Thurles have also been called off.

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