Sunday 15 September 2019

Coolykereen can finally fire for Byrne

Michael Fortune

This is the first of the busy Dublin Fridays in the build-up to Christmas, with 22 races on offer between Shelbourne Park and Harold's Cross.

With all the top youngsters and bitches in action tomorrow night, Shelbourne's card is a high-class one with four open races down for decision.

One due a winning turn is John Byrne's Coolykereen Fire (9.13) in an open sprint. He is ideally housed in six and a slick start should see him score from Abbylea Marta and Fordeflag.

Paul Hennessy has a few lively hopes this evening. His Painstown Chief (9.58) is another due a winning turn and he has his chance in the Open 550, where the badly drawn Going To Work looks the main threat.

Hennessy can also be on the mark with the well-drawn Budgie Bypass (9.28) in an A1 550, where Skilful Legend and Heathlawn Tiger look particularly dangerous.

Over at Harold's Cross the man to follow could be Navan handler Ollie Bray, who can kick off by winning an AO/1 525 with Knight Invader (9.55).

He has always been highly rated but hasn't quite hit the heights achieved by litter brother Peregrine Gem. But he is still very useful and should be up to winning an AO/1 contest in which Bale Lad and Ravenswood Star are the biggest threats.

Bray has Dream Of Mine (10.25) in the concluding A2 and he is capable of leading all the way, with Cox Cup winner Black Hawkeye the danger.

Down country this evening the final of the Red Mills Unraced Bitch Stake will be run at Tralee and the one to beat is PJ Fahy's Tyrur Serena. She was just touched off by Nushkas Premier last week but a trap one draw can see her gain amends this time. Razldazl Holly also merits mention.

Longford at Mullingar

For the next few weeks the Friday Longford meetings will be staged at Mullingar and the first of these meetings kick off this evening at 8.0.

Monday racing will continue at Longford and on Monday, December 14 the Track Supporters will be staging their special night of appreciation for all owners, trainers and patrons.

There will be free admission on the night as well as sandwiches, cakes, tea, etc. It promises to be a great night.

There will be no Wednesday night racing at Kilkenny during December and January as there will be maintenance work carried out, including the realignment of the first and second bends.

Trials will go ahead on Mondays and Thursdays, while there will be night trials on Fridays.

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