Droopys stars leave Gleeson for UK trainer
In a surprise development yesterday, Droopys Nidge and Droopys Braedon were transferred to Matt Dartnall in England to be prepared for the English Derby at Wimbledon.
Both dogs have done all their racing for Rathangan trainer Robert Gleeson, who originally planned to go to Wimbledon.
However, he has a number of young dogs under his care and did not want to leave them while based in England for the Derby.
Gleeson said that there is a slight doubt about Droopys Braedon's participation at Wimbledon.
"He has been treated by the vet for the injury which plagued him during the Kirby Memorial at Limerick and it might be touch and go whether he will be ready."
The final of the Frightful Flash Kennels McCalmont Cup takes place at Kilkenny tonight and there is a really good field chasing the top prize of €4,500.
This is one of the great traditional events on the Irish calendar - it was formerly one of the top open events in the provinces. It is now run as an A1, and local trainer Paul Hennessy always makes a strong bid.
This year Hennessy has the two favourites in the Gerry Meaney-owned Kilara Hey Mac and Ecclestone (9.12), which is owned by the event sponsor Michael Dunne.
One of the legends of racing in Dublin will be honoured at Harold's Cross tonight, with the final of the Mick Sylver Memorial A3 525.
The late Dunboyne-based trainer would have loved the occasion and the €1,500 prize may go to the Tony Byrne-trained youngster Holycross Jaybee (9.10), which is on the up with two wins from five and may lead the way home home from Dundrum Turbo, with Sportsman Sam alos likely to have a say.