Droopys all worth following at Newbridge
There have been some positive vibes in the greyhound world in recent times and last Friday's huge turn-out at Newbridge brought a much-needed breath of air into the track's sails.
Hopefully it can be replicated tonight when the Laois Camogie Board fundraiser coincides with the second round heats of the Red Mills/ TSC Open Unraced Bitch Stake.
Figures have been very positive at a number of venues and Shelbourne boss Patrick Flynn reports a healthy upsurge in attendance and turnover over the past five or six months. Star of the Newbridge competition first round last week was the Fraser Black-trained youngster Droopys Streak.
Only an October '13 whelp, the daughter of the great Sparta Maestro turned on the style when leading early and winning by seven lengths in 28.71.
Droopys Streak (9.15) won't be in action until the last of the heats this evening and she has another heat winner Fandango and impressive runner-up Pennys Hurricane to beat. She should manage it.
John Linehan handles Droopys Lahinch (8.30) also caught the eye last week when winning in admittedly the slowest time of the round but she can follow up by leading home Pennys Iona in the opening heat.
Another bearing the Droopys prefix, Droopys Sambuca (8.45) can also be on the mark in Heat 2. Robert Gleeson's charge was a very easy winner last time and can lead home the Liam Dowling duo of Ballymac Shirley and Paradise Simona as well as Brian Fennelly's Cashmerefinn.
This will be a five-dog race due to the withdrawal of Tommys Le Babe.
The remaining third heat should go to Kevin Losty's Silly Symphony (9.0) if she can repeat her slick start of last week.
There is an interesting graded programme at Harold's Cross, where Geashill trainer Tommy Bolton could be the man to follow.
Regularly one of the table toppers at this track, Bolton has real prospects with Yaya Two Pints (9.10) and Ravenswood Gold (9.25).